From wire and staff reports
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has named federal prosecutor A. Clark Morris to lead the office division that prosecutes public corruption and white collar crime cases.
Marshall made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the departure of Matt Hart.
Morris will oversee the special prosecutions division beginning Jan. 7.
“I am delighted that Clark Morris has agreed to lead my public corruption unit,” Marshall said. “Public corruption continues to be a scourge on our great state, and I am confident that the people of Alabama will be well served by Clark in this role.”
Morris is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice and has served as an assistant United States attorney in both the Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama. Morris has served as the first assistant in the U.S. attorney’s office in Montgomery since 2013.
U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin spoke well of Morris and said her appointment will enhance efforts to combat crime.
“Mrs. Morris has been an incredible asset to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and her absence will be a huge loss. However, her new position at the Attorney General’s Office creates an opportunity for a partnership that we have not seen in years. Her leadership and judgment will serve the State of Alabama well, they are lucky to have her.”
Marshall said the appointment will enhance the attorney general’s office effectiveness in partnering with the federal prosecutors in joint investigations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.