Alabama Attorney General Troy King was informed last month that a federal grand jury investigation of him and his office has been closed. U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance of the Northern District of Alabama informed Troy’s lawyers that the investigation had been concluded and the grand jury adjourned. Troy and his wife Paige met with members of the news media to discuss the difficulties “many months of intense scrutiny” and a “protracted investigation” had caused him and his family. Troy had this to say:
While this has been a long and often stressful process, I never wavered in the knowledge that I have conducted myself and the high office I hold in an honorable and ethical fashion, and in accordance with the law. Holding this office requires a person to demonstrate courage, sometimes even standing up to the powerful, sometimes at great cost. Doing right has always carried a cost though. Holding the office of the attorney general or U.S. attorney is a position of sacred trust. A prosecutor is vested with one of the highest callings in preserving our freedom and upholding our sense of justice, but that authority and responsibility can also be misused and abused if it goes unchecked. If the person holding such an office sets out to settle political scores, the very powers that protect and defend can also destroy reputations and hurt innocent people.
Many observers around Montgomery believe this investigation was politically motivated. Whether that’s true or not may never be known. Regardless, it’s finally over and that’s good news for Troy and his family. In my opinion, it’s also good news for the people of Alabama.
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