The Clarion-Ledger, 1/30/9

U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton, who successfully prosecuted millionaire lawyer Paul Minor and two former judges, says he’ll retire Saturday after more than seven years of representing the Southern District of Mississippi.

Lampton, 58, announced his retirement Thursday in a news release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stan Harris will serve as the acting federal prosecutor until President Barack Obama makes his appointments.

After being appointed to the post on Sept. 14, 2001, Lampton opened two dormant civil rights-era cases that led to the convictions of reputed Ku Klux Klansmen Ernest Avants and James Ford Seale. He also was successful in a slew of Hurricane Katrina fraud prosecutions.