New Name Emerges For Northern Miss. U.S. Attorney

A Southern District of Mississippi prosecutor is in the mix for the Northern District of Mississippi U.S. Attorney nomination, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told Main Justice Friday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams is being considered by the Obama administration for the Northern Mississippi slot, even though Thompson formally recommended Oxford, Miss., criminal defense attorney Christi McCoy for the post last summer.

McCoy was dogged by controversy because of her affiliation with a local private investigator who was under investigation for his billing practices. The Northern District U.S. Attorney’s office, which was handling the case, dropped its probe earlier this year, clearing McCoy.

Thompson, who is taking the lead on selecting U.S. attorney candidates for Mississippi’s congressional Democrats, said the White House is reviewing both Adams and McCoy for the post. He said he supports both of the candidates.