Hood and those who succeed him must become sensitized to how those decisions should be made and the appearance that the outsourcing happened in exchange for campaign cash.
Most troubling is the absence of prosecution by the state in the Scruggs-related cases. If federal law has been broken, so has state law.
Hood, who legitimately cites legal canons in declining to initiate action himself against Scruggs and Langston, can and should name a special prosecutor to pursue potential state charges.
Mississippi’s attorney general, no matter who it is and regardless of party affiliation, is the state’s chief law enforcement officer and should be fully engaged in investigation and prosecution in behalf of public integrity.
Hood falls short of that standard in the Scruggs-related cases, and he should take action to remedy that shortcoming.
NE MS Daily Journal Editorial