2 area U.S. attorneys resign

Tarver resigns following request

Two local U.S. attorneys resigned Monday coming just three days after the Trump administration ordered 46 holdovers from the Obama administration to tender their resignations.

While Preet Bharara dominated headlines into the weekend as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York known for prosecuting public corruption and insider trading, two local U.S. attorneys have also stepped down.

A. Lee Bentley III of the Middle District of Florida and Edward J. Tarver of the Southern District of Georgia both submitted their resignations.

Tarver began serving in December of 2009. He is replaced by James D. Durham who's been with the office since 2002 in various roles. Most recently, in January 10, he started working as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Bentley served in the role of U.S. attorney for the past four years. He'd been an assistant in the middle district since 2000. He indicted over 4,200 cases and charged more than 5,500 defendants in criminal court.

The press office for the middle district has not said who will be acting U.S. attorney in Bentley's stead.

The Southern District of Georgia covered the Georgia counties in First Coast News's viewing area. The Middle District of Florida covers all First Coast News's Florida counties.

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