George Philips, 65, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, who helped oversee the FBI’s Operation Pretense, died Monday of cancer, which he has been battling since 2013. A public memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at First Baptist Church in Jackson.
Former Gov. Haley Barbour praised Phillips as a “great public servant,” who as a U.S. Attorney was “appointed by Presidents of both parties, which is a rare tribute to George and his leadership.”
Phillips served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi from 1980 to 1994. He helped oversee many corruption cases, including the FBI’s Operation Pretense, which led to the prosecutions of 57 Mississippi supervisors on corruption charges. (Read more).