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Thompson Leaves TV Series

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee is giving up his day job as a prosecutor on the T.V. series "Law & Order." 

It's the latest indication that he's going to run for president. 

Thompson asked Wednesday to be released from the show after five seasons. 

That word came from series creator and executive producer Dick Wolf, who quoted Thompson as saying he had not made a firm decision about his political future.

On "Law & Order," he played New York District Attorney Arthur Branch. 

Thompson, a Republican, served in the Senate from 1994 to 2002, resuming his acting career when he left. 

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