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Wayne Stenehjem, Bismarck, Published September 15 2012

Letter: Perkins wrong about jurisdiction

I appreciate Dexter Perkins’ perception that I am a person of integrity. I have always strived to be so. In his letter (“Cramer’s denials pathetic,” published Sept. 8), however, Perkins makes a common mistake about the constitutional and statutory authority of the attorney general.

It is important to remember that in North Dakota, criminal charges for alleged violations of state law are prosecuted by the elected state’s attorney of each county, not the attorney general. Violations of federal law, if appropriate, are prosecuted by the U.S. attorney.

If Perkins has credible evidence of violations of the law, then he should make a complaint directly to those authorities, if he hasn’t already, and not just in a letter to the editor.


Stenehjem is North Dakota attorney general