Attorney General Jim Hood has been criticized for failing to bring state charges against Dickie Scruggs and Joey Langston in a bribery scandal.
Last week hood told WDAM he didn't want to give the impression of impropriety. Scruggs and Langston have both contributed to a political action committee that helped finance the Hood campaign. Wednesday, hood said his office didn't have the tools to prosecute judicial bribery anyway.
A bill died in committee this week that would have allowed the Attorney General's office to conduct wiretaps on white collar crime suspects. Hood criticized republican lawmakers for killing the bill. Hood said there is no legal authority for him to hire outside counsel to prosecute Scruggs and Langston.
"The DAs are the primary source of prosecutions. The AG's come in and assist them at their request, but it's not our primary responsibility," said Hood.
Hood added "the feds" have all the tools they need to prosecute Scruggs and the others.