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U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Alabama announces retirement

Louis V. Franklin Sr. retired after three decades of public service.

U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin

United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. has retired after three decades of public service. Franklin joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama in 1990 as an assistant United States attorney.

Over the years that followed, he rose from a line AUSA to hold a number of leadership positions, including head of the office’s major drug trafficking task force, criminal chief and acting U.S. attorney, culminating with his nomination and confirmation in 2017 to serve as the first African-American United States attorney in the district.

During his time at the U.S. attorney’s office, Franklin personally prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases, from large-scale drug trafficking operations to high-profile public corruption cases.

Franklin led the prosecution team against former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy for their involvement in a wide-ranging bribery scheme.

“It has been an absolute privilege to spend my career in this office, serving the people of the Middle District and working alongside so many talented attorneys and staff,” said Franklin. “I know I am leaving the office in good hands, and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to serve in my hometown and make our communities safer for the people of Alabama.”

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