Obama nominates Adams for next Northern District U.S. attorney

By Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal

Felicia Collette Adams of Jackson is President Obama’s choice for U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Mississippi.

Adams, current chief of the Southern District’s civil division, faces U.S. Senate confirmation before she can take the office vacant since Bush appointee James Greenlee retired more than a year ago.

Adams was not available for comment when the announcement was made late Wednesday.

“Felicia Adams has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to justice throughout her career, and I am honored to nominate her to serve the people of Mississippi as U.S. attorney for the Northern District,” said President Obama in a White House news release.

The U.S. attorney is the federal government’s chief lawyer in a geographic region and generally manages a staff of attorneys who oversee criminal and civil cases for the government.

Traditionally, the officeholder changes with new presidential administrations, but Mississippi is one of the last states to get attention from the Obama administration for this post.

Soon after Obama was elected, informed speculators saw Oxford attorney Christi R. McCoy getting the job. But her vetting apparently ran into trouble, reportedly with Greenlee’s help after McCoy represented former state auditor Steve Patterson in the Scruggs judicial bribery scandal.

Also mentioned recently was state Sen. Gray Tollison of Oxford, but political observers say his contentious divorce may have produced negative consequences from influential former relatives.

Mississippi’s Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker welcomed the announcement about Adams.

The Southern District post is still vacant.

• Read more details in Thursday’s Daily Journal.