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U.S. Attorney General Holder Honors Mississippi U.S. Attorney

By Daniel Cherry | Published 17 Jan 2013 08:06pm | comments
From civil rights to stopping drug trafficking, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says he's looking forward to working with Mississippi's newest federal prosecutor. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports, the nation's top attorney was on hand for the formal swearing in of Gregory Davis.
 
At the investiture ceremony yesterday for Gregory Davis, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder praised Davis' keen intellect and tireless work ethic. Holder says since taking office, the new U.S. Attorney has prioritized the protection of vulnerable members of society.
 
"Including disadvantaged and at-risk children from abuse and from exploitation. We're working harder than ever to combat hate crimes, civil rights violations, and other threats to equal rights and equal opportunity."
 
Davis, was nominated by President Obama in June 2011 and was confirmed by the Senate in March last year. Davis says he'll continue his work to move Mississippi forward by promoting justice.
 
"In addition to fighting crime, our office will promote civil rights, protect the environment, and protect the most vulnerable, our children and our elderly. We will fulfill those duties faithfully and impartially."
 
With the swearing in of Davis, that means both of Mississippi's U.S. Attorneys are African American. Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Jackson Field Office says it gives Mississippi a diverse leadership within federal law enforcement.
 
"Whether it be in the judiciary, investigative agencies, and so forth, and I think there's probably a bit of surprise about the level of diversity that we have in this state. Greg Davis is an outstanding individual and he's going to be an outstanding U.S. Attorney."
 
Davis is now the top federal prosecutor for the 45 counties in the southern district. Daniel Cherry...MPB News.

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