Public corruption cases are often the most challenging, sensitive and complicated criminal matters that state attorneys face. This class will focus on the challenges the criminal jurisdiction of attorneys general with a discussion of the appropriate ways in which state attorneys general respond to allegations of corruption and ethics violations by state and local elected officials.

The flip side of this issue is that several attorneys general have themselves been subject to criminal prosecution for actions taken while in office, and have also been criticized for ethical violations on a wide variety of issues.

  1. State Attorneys General Powers and Responsibilities, Chapter 17, “Attorneys General and Criminal Law” Chris Toth, Deputy Director, NAAG; Adam Eisenstein, AAG Visiting Fellow; Salini Nandipati, NAAG Visiting Fellow

  2. "Criminal Justice Reform," StateAG.Org

  3. New Mexico Attorney General’s parallel proceedings policy. 2011, March 9

  4. Commonwealth v. Powers Fasteners, Inc. Ma Sup Ct Docket No 07-10802 (Dec 12, 2007)            

  5. “Ohio attorney general wants tougher entry standards for officers,” The Associated Press, December 8, 2015

  6. The Supreme Court of Ohio, "Task Force to Examine Improvements to the Ohio Grand Jury System," July 2016

  7. New Mexico Attorney General Prosecutes Secretary of State (2015)

  8. Nevada AG Indictment of Nevada Lt. Governor case and dismissal – Various articles

  9. Mayor - Age 91 - Steals from Alabama Town - NYT - October 12, 2012

  10. "Attorney general releases findings from Penn State frat death investigation,: ABC Action News, May 1, 2018

  11. "AG seeks jail time for first Penn State defendant to be sentenced in Tim Piazza hazing case," The Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, July 30 1018

  12. Penn Live, "DA traded his 'law enforcement authority for sexual favors,' attorney general says," April 4, 2018

  13. Various DA Cases referred to AG - 2011 – 2017