Alabama governor names new state attorney general

AP News
Posted: Feb 10, 2017 8:04 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Longtime district attorney Steve Marshall has been appointed as Alabama attorney general.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced the appointment Friday. It came a day after Bentley named former AG Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate seat that Jeff Sessions left to become U.S. attorney general.

Bentley in a statement said Marshall is a "well-respected district attorney with impeccable credentials."

Marshall has been a Marshall County district attorney since 2001. He pushed to put ephedrine products behind pharmacy counters and led the first prosecution under a law that allows killers of pregnant women to be prosecuted for two murders.

Strange in November asked the House Judiciary Committee to pause an impeachment investigation of Bentley because his office was doing "related work."

Committee Chairman Mike Jones said Thursday that he will discuss the status with the new attorney general.