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In English law. The chief law officer of the realm, being created by letters patent, whose office is to exhibit informations and prosecute for the crown iu matters criminal, and to file bills in the exchequer in any matter concerning the king’s revenue. State v. Cunningham, 83 Wis. 90, 53 N. W. 35, 17 L. R. A. 145, 35 Am. St. Rep. 27. In American law. The attorney general of the United States is the head of the department of justice, appointed by the president, and a member of the cabinet. He appears in behalf of the government in all cases iu the supreme court in which it is interested, and gives his legal advice to the president and heads of departments upon questions submitted to him. In each state also there is an attorney general, or similar officer, who appears for the people, as iu England the attorney general appears for the crown. State v. District Court, 22 Mont. 25, 55 Pac. 910; People v. Kramer, 33 Misc. Rep. 209, 68 N. Y. Supp. 383.


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