Center District U.S. Lawyer Louis V. Franklin Sr. retires after three a long time of public service

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Middle District of Alabama US attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. retired Friday after three decades of public service in the state.

Franklin is joining several U.S. attorneys across the country retiring today or in the last few days. This is standard after a presidential election where a Republican president succeeds a Democratic president, or vice versa. US attorneys are appointed to positions. Richard Moore, the US attorney for the southern district of Alabama, announced his resignation, effective today, earlier this week.

Franklin was appointed to the central position in Alabama in 2017, making him the first American African American attorney in the middle district of the state. He first joined the office in 1990 as a U.S. assistant attorney and continued to hold a variety of senior positions including chief of the main drug trafficking task force, chief criminal, and acting U.S. attorney before his appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on on became September 14, 2017.

During his tenure, Franklin personally prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases, from large-scale drug trafficking operations to high profile public corruption cases. He led the law enforcement team that tried former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy for their involvement in a widespread bribery program.

“It has been an absolute privilege to spend my career in this office, serving the people of the Middle District, and working with so many talented lawyers and staff,” Franklin said in a prepared statement Friday. “I know that 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.”

From 1996 to 1998, Franklin was an associate at Sirote and Permutt, where he defended public and private organizations in state and federal civil litigation. He began his career from 1987 to 1990 as an attorney with Legal Services Corporation in Alabama.

Franklin received his PhD from Howard University School of Law in 1987, from the University of Alabama in 1981, and from Auburn University in Montgomery in 1983.