Tierney Blog

AG Criminal Jurisdiction

I am regularly astounded when many who should know better - including academics - speak and write at length on criminal prosecution and justice reform as if state attorneys general lack criminal jurisdiction. Today's tragedy in Ohio should make clear that it is often the AG whose office takes over the most difficult cases. For a thoughtful summary of AG criminal jurisdiction, let me refer you to this excellent Chapter from NAAG's Powers and Duties text that is written by NAAG Deputy Director and former Indiana DA, Chris Toth.