Don’t let politics lessen the office of attorney general

The legislation would essentially remove the attorney general from his role of providing state agencies with legal representation. This supposedly was prompted by Hood’s reluctance, and even his refusal, to pursue certain legal matters, in particular Hood’s decision not to participate with other attorneys general in a legal challenge to President Obama’s health-care plan.

But with or without Mississippi’s official participation, the health-care plan is being challenged in court. And if a state agency is refused legal representation by the attorney general’s office, it can still obtain legal counsel on its own.

There is some cronyism associated with Hood’s hiring of outside lawyers to go to court on behalf of the state, but this legislation would not put a stop to that.

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