The chief law enforcement officer of the federal government or a state. The U.S. Attorney General represents the United States in litigation, oversees federal prosecutors, and advises the President and heads of federal, executive departments on legal matters. State attorneys general represent their states in litigation, oversee prosecutors, and advise members of their states' executive branches on legal matters.
See, e.g. Cuomo v. Clearing House Ass'n, L.L.C., 129 S.Ct. 2710 (2009).
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
Head of the United States Department of Justice and chief law officer of the federal government. The Attorney General represents the United States in legal matters, oversees federal prosecutors, and provides legal advice to the president and to heads of executive governmental departments. Each state also has an attorney general, responsible for advising the governor and state agencies and departments about legal issues, and overseeing state prosecuting attorneys.
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August 19, 2010, 5:11 pm