The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that the Kentucky Attorney General's office has limited powers to initiate investigations and tossed out a drug conviction in eastern Kentucky, saying the office overstepped its bounds.
The ruling on Friday came in a Powell County drug case brought by the anti-drug task force Operation UNITE, which worked under the authority of the Attorney General in making the arrest.
The court found that criminal investigations are not among the powers given to the Attorney General in the law. The court also found that an opinion by the Attorney General's office spells out a specific request in writing is needed to intervene in an investigation.
A spokeswoman for the Attorney General's office said the Kentucky Supreme Court will be asked to hear the case.
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