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Fighting Public Corruption

Department of Justice lawyers bring corruption cases against public officials at all levels of local and state government in North Carolina.

Investigating Public Corruption
Our lawyers work with local, state and federal law enforcement to investigate and prosecute criminal cases against elected and appointed government officials, including cases against statewide elected officials, legislators, local government officials and law enforcement officers.

Prosecuting Public Corruption
Under North Carolina law, original prosecutorial authority rests with local District Attorneys.  The law allows the AG to prosecute cases when requested by a District Attorney, which sometimes happens in cases that involve government officials. 

The Attorney General's special prosecutors have handled many cases involving public officials, including legislators, local government officials, Sheriffs, court officials and others.

Our attorneys also handle all state criminal cases on appeal, including those involving public officials.

More Tools to Fight Corruption
The Attorney General has pushed for more tools to fight public corruption, such as investigative grand juries for state prosecutors.  Federal authorities can convene an investigative grand jury to gather records and compel testimony, often helpful in public corruption cases, but state prosecutors cannot except in certain drug cases.