The Clarion-Ledger is reporting that:

Longtime federal prosecutor Don Burkhalter has been selected interim United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the selection today.


Burkhalter replaces Stan Harris, who had been acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. Harris had been serving since Dunn Lampton retired in January.


Harris, a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard, was deployed to Iraq as a member of the 155th Brigade Combat Team.


The White House has not said when President Barack Obama will name U.S. attorneys for the northern and southern districts in Mississippi.


Burkhalter served in the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. for more than 10 years and in the United States Attorney’s office in Jackson for more than 20 years.