Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Attorney General Is Not Divine

The Tennessee Attorney General's legal opinions are important, but our legislators should not govern based on those opinions because the Attorney General is not the Supreme Court:

The great problem with Attorney General's opinions in the past is that previous Tennessee General Assemblies have treated the personal legal opinions of the Attorney General as though they were the Law of Moses given by the Almighty at Sinai. "Thus saith the Attorney General, so thus saith the Lord." We can reasonably assume that our State's chief lawyer has a very good legal opinion, and that his opinion should be given when he is called upon. The Attorney General, however, is not a court of law, and he (or as the future case might be, she) is most certainly not the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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