Sal Perricone, the assistant U.S. Attorney whose online comments severely embarrassed the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, handed in his resignation last night, according to a brief press release sent out this morning by Letten's office. The resignation, Letten points out, does not end the investigation into his online activities that was requested by Letten's office.
Perricone, under the handle "Henry L. Mencken1951," posted hundreds of comments on nola.com, the online arm of Advance Publications, which publishes The Times-Picayune. For more on the case, read Clancy DuBos' most recent column, "The Sudden Dubiety of His Redoubt."
The press release from the U.S. Attorney's office is under the jump.
FORMER ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
SALVADOR PERRICONE RESIGNS FROM
THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — United States Attorney Jim Letten announced today that he has accepted the resignation of Assistant United States Attorney Salvador Perricone. Perricone submitted his resignation, retiring from the United States Attorney Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana effective close of business on March 19, 2012. Former Assistant United States Attorney Perricone’s departure does not at all preclude the continuation of the investigation we requested by the Office of Professional Responsibility.
Speaking to this development, United States Attorney Letten stated:
“In the immediate wake of former AUSA Perricone’s departure,
our partners in government and law enforcement and the citizens we
serve must know that absolutely none of the comments, criticisms, or
characterizations made were in any way reflective of my views or
opinions — or those of the Department or this office or our people. To
the contrary, we resoundingly reject the caustic criticisms and sentiments
expressed in these message.
Also, make no mistake about it. We are strong. We are focussed
on our singular mission of protecting the safety, rights and freedoms of all
of our citizens. And as we move forward, we are ever-strengthening our
partnerships and pursuing our investigations fairly, and without missing a step.”