Shortly before U.S. Attorney David York announced his resignation last Friday, he pushed Mobile Register reporter Eddie Curran and had the reporter escorted from a news conference, the Register reports. Curran had written an article about a Justice Department investigation into an allegation of improper conduct between York and a female assistant prosecutor. York said he resigned because no job was worth the pain he had suffered in recent weeks.
Curran said he went to York’s office Friday to cover a news conference. When he arrived a woman who said she worked for a public relations firm told him that he wasn’t invited and asked him to leave. Curran refused. Soon after, he said, Curran followed the U.S. attorney into a hallway, where, York told him: “Don’t you ever call me at home again.” After that, York “pushed me in the stomach,” Curran said. It’s common for reporters to call public officials at home if they need to reach them, especially in critical or sensitive matters. In this case, Curran said, he was working on a story about York’s pending resignation.