Feb 8, 2013 1:30 PM by AP
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is recommending Kenneth Polite Jr. for the position of U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Landrieu said in a news release that President Barack Obama will consider the suggestion and make the appointment.
The position became open when long-serving U.S. Attorney Jim Letten resigned in December after two top deputies became embroiled in a scandal that threatens to undermine some of his biggest cases and damaged his standing as one of the most popular public officials in a city with a rich history of graft.
A New Orleans native, Polite currently serves as an attorney with Liskow and Lewis, where he practices in the areas of business litigation, appellate advocacy, government investigations and white-collar criminal defense.