Internet chat heats up talk about U.S. Attorney choice

Christi R. McCoy’s nomination to the Northern District U.S. Attorney’s post is on track and hasn’t hit a snag, sources close to the process tell the Daily Journal.
Tuesday, at least two Internet blog sites insisted the candidacy had run into trouble because McCoy once worked for then-attorney Joey Langston in Booneville, where she grew up.
A former Booneville municipal judge, McCoy has been an attorney since 1994 and has her own law practice in Oxford.
In 2008, Langston was disbarred and is serving a federal prison term for his admitted role in a scheme to bribe a circuit judge in a legal-fees lawsuit against Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.
What’s behind the electronic sniping?
“We’re getting to a point where a decision is going to be made,” said Oxford attorney Tom Freeland, who runs his own eclectic blog at http://nmisscommentor.com.
“It’s not surprising that people with interests on various sides are starting to show elbows.”
He also said he’d received an e-mail from someone with “first hand” knowledge and that McCoy has not hit any snags.
President Obama will appoint new U.S. Attorneys, who are federal prosecutors for designated districts, and each must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Whoever the next one is for north Mississippi will succeed Republican Jim Greenlee, still at work in the Oxford headquarters.
One Internet site – MainJustice – reported McCoy’s nomination was “off the rails” with a look being given to Curtis Ivy, a current assistant U.S. Attorney.
McCoy was out of town and couldn’t comment.
Democratic Reps. Bennie Thompson and Travis Childers are believed to be President Obama’s primary contributors to names for this post because the state’s senators are Republicans.
Neither one’s office admits publicly to knowing much about what’s going on with the process.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

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