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US attorney Joe Hogsett announces resignation

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INDIANAPOLIS - Joe Hogsett has announced his resignation as U.S. attorney for the southern district of Indiana.

Hogsett made his plans known in a press release Monday. His resignation is effective July 31.

The move is fueling speculation about a possible run for Indianapolis mayor, even though in March, Hogsett said he had no plans to run for mayor in 2015.

Hogsett, a Rushville native and Indiana University School of Law graduate, has been serving as US attorney for the district since October 2010. He supervises a staff of 30 lawyers and a support staff of 40.

Read Hogsett's resignation letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

So far, Hogsett's intentions are limited to what he said in the press release. Part of it points to the success he has had in fighting crime.

"We have set new records for the number of defendants charged and the total number of criminal convictions. The office has led the nation in average length of sentences imposed on criminal defendants," Hogsett wrote.

That was the reason he was nominated to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana in October 2010. Hogsett has told Eyewitness News that he truly enjoyed this job, took great pride in it and in the rule of law.

As far as what's next, Hogsett isn't saying. Former Sen. Evan Bayh, Hogsett's political mentor, says he's not focused on running for political office at this time.

The former U.S. senator and two-time Indiana governor held a news conference in Indianapolis to publicly thank Hogsett. The two are longtime friends, but he did take the opportunity to say why he thought Hogsett would be a great candidate for mayor.

"Sometimes the man and the moment happen to meet. He's had an outstanding record fighting crime and violence across the Southern District of Indiana. That happens to be the foremost challenge facing the city of Indianapolis right now so that might be a nice combination to have in the next mayor," Bayh said during an afternoon news conference.

Bayh says his twin sons are preparing to go off to college. He says that after that, he and his wife, Susan, will sit down and decide on the next stage of their lives.

Bayh retired from the Senate in 2010. Since then, he has joined a Washington law firm, a New York equity firm and a think tank on the Middle East.

Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports show Bayh's campaign committee had $9.8 million in cash on hand as of March 31.

There is speculation Bayh could come back to Indiana to run for governor. If Hillary Rodham Clinton is the nominee of the Democratic Party for president, Bayh could also play a role in that.

Currently Hogsett cannot discuss his future plans until his term as U.S. Attorney is over at the end of the month. With the current crime wave sweeping Indianapolis, it certainly is leading some to believe it is a run for mayor.

Hogsett's press release:

Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today his resignation from office, effective July 31, 2014. In a letter submitted to Attorney General Eric Holder this morning, Hogsett thanked his staff and reflected on his time as U.S. Attorney:“It has been an honor to serve in this office for the last four years because I have had the privilege to do so alongside a talented group of Assistant United States Attorneys. I owe them and our tireless support staff a debt of gratitude for the dedication and resilience that has been displayed every day of my tenure…

The result of this effort has been the most exciting period in the office’s history. We have set new records for the number of defendants charged and the total number of criminal convictions. The office has led the nation in average length of sentences imposed on criminal defendants. Fiscally, annual office spending has fallen every year I have served, and is currently at a level not seen since the Bush Administration.

But numbers alone are not sufficient to describe the office’s accomplishments. Rather, the full story is told through the thousands of victims who found some sense of justice over the last four years – children who had faced horrific exploitation, grandmothers who had watched their retirement funds disappear, neighborhoods that used to live in fear of violent gangs that operated with no regard for the rule of law.”

In July 2010, Joseph H. Hogsett was nominated to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. He was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn into office on October 7, 2010.

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