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Obama nominates Polite as U.S. Attorney in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (KNOE 8 News/AP) - President Barack Obama has nominated Kenneth Polite Jr. to serve as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

The White House announced the nomination Thursday. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, had announced in February that she was recommending Polite for the New Orleans-based position.

If the Senate confirms him, Polite will replace Jim Letten, who was the nation's longest serving U.S. attorney. Letten resigned in December after two of his top deputies acknowledged posting anonymous comments on a newspaper's website about cases involving their office.

Polite, a former federal prosecutor in New York, is an attorney at the Liskow & Lewis law firm and is head of its white-collar criminal defense group.

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