Attorney General Luther Strange announced last month that several state agencies will work with a newly created division of his office to fight public corruption. The partnership is designed to provide a more comprehensive and efficient approach to the investigation and prosecutions of public corruption, by drawing from the knowledge and skills of each agency. The Attorney General had this to say in a statement:
Crimes involving the breach of trust by public officials and employees have a substantial and detrimental effect on the general welfare of the citizens of Alabama. In these times of scarce resources, it is even more imperative that we protect the integrity of our own government and of taxpayers’ money. Our partner agencies bring an array of capabilities and expertise, and offer valuable investigative, analytical, technical and legal resources. Working together in this alliance, we will maximize our resources to more effectively combat crimes of public corruption. Those who violate the public trust will be held to account.
Special Prosecutor Matt Hart was selected to lead the new anti-corruption division, which will include prosecutors and investigators. State agencies that will serve partners in the effort are the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, the Ethics Commission, Department of Revenue, Department of Public Safety, Insurance Department, Office of Prosecution Services, Alabama Securities Commission, Department of Economic and Community Affairs and Criminal Justice Information Center. So long as this effort is carried out in a bi-partisan and professional manner, it will be good for our state. Those who violate the public trust should be held accountable for their actions without regard to political affiliation or position. Hopefully political prosecutions in Alabama are a thing of the past.
Source: Associated Press
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