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Attorney General

Definition - What does Attorney General mean?

An attorney general is the highest law enforcement officer in the United States. The attorney general both defends the federal government in legal matters when necessary and also serves as its top legal counsel.

States also have attorney generals. The attorney general serves in the executive branch.

Justipedia explains Attorney General

Responsibilities of the attorney general include enforcing federal laws, conducting investigations for potential violations of federal laws, overseeing and directing U.S. marshals and U.S. attorneys, overseeing federal penitentiaries, and so forth.

In short, the U.S. attorney general's position is an incredibly important one. This position makes the person the head of the U.S. justice system. The attorney general has an entire office and staff to help them with all of the required duties. This staff is crucial for helping to ensure that the office is well run and efficient.

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