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AGO probe has started to begin

Web Admin//April 18, 2008

AGO probe has started to begin

Web Admin//April 18, 2008

The big news from state Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles about his preliminary investigation of the Minnesota Attorney General’s office is…that there is no news.

Nobles, you might recall, is looking into allegations of ethical and legal lapses in Attorney General Lori Swanson’s office for the purpose deciding if a full-scale probe is warranted.

Swanson and some of her deputies have been accused of pressuring lawyers to give bad advice to state agency clients and to find defendants to fit lawsuits on high-profile topics.

Nobles yesterday sent a memo to the Legislative Audit Commission saying that the preliminary assessment is in process, but didn’t have any more findings to report.

“This is a particularly demanding time for [the auditor’s office] since we are in the process of launching six new evaluations and completing work on a number of other audits and investigations,” Nobles wrote. “When our preliminary assessment has been completed, I will communicate to you in writing both the results of our assessment, as well as our decision concerning any additional action.”

“The decision of whether to go forward with a more expanded investigation is probably several weeks away,” Nobles told Minnesota Lawyer.

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