Assistant U-S Attorney James Tucker is leaving the office after 30 years. Tucker will resign January Third to go into private practice. He's worked in the U-S attorney's office since 1971. He's joining the Butler Snow law firm in Jackson. He'll be part of the litigation division.
Tucker has taken on such high-profile prosecutions as Operation Pretense, which led to convictions of 43 county supervisors and 11 vendors on corruption charges. His work also helped convict former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat on federal charges in connection with the 1987 killing of Halat's former law partner, Vincent Sherry and his wife, Margaret.
Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore calls Tucker the ultimate professional.