Court of Appeals Says A.G. Office has Limited Powers to Initiate Investigations

Jun 8, 2012

In a ruling today based on a Powell County drug case, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that the state Attorney General's office has limited powers to initiate investigations. In addition, the Court threw out an eastern Kentucky drug conviction, saying the Attorney General's office overstepped its bounds.

The case was brought by the anti-drug task force known as Operation Unite. The group worked under the authority of the Attorney General in making the arrest. The court found that criminal investigations aren't among the powers given to the state Attorney General under the law. Furthermore, the Court found that an opinion by the Attorney General's office spells out that a specific request in writing is required to intervene in an investigation.

A spokesperson with Attorney General Jack Conway's office told the Associated Press that the Kentucky Supreme Court will be asked to hear the case.