Attorney General Juggles Duties In Immigration Spat

Wednesday, November 14th 2007, 6:35 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's new immigration law is forcing the state's chief law enforcement officer to juggle his legal duties. State law requires Attorney General Drew Edmondson to render opinions on the legality of state laws. It also requires him to defend state laws when they are challenged in court.

Five Democratic state lawmakers have asked Attorney General Drew Edmondson for a legal opinion on the constitutionality of the immigration measure.

Edmondson's office also is defending the measure against a lawsuit filed in federal court in Tulsa that challenges it's constitutionality.

Edmondson spokesman Charlies Price says the Attorney General is researching the questions posed by the state lawmakers to see if they are issues in the federal court case. Questions that may be settled in court will be set aside.

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