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Attorney General’s focus on Google questionable

Has Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood become, as many a Southern grandmother has said, “Too big for his own britches?”

Hood, along with attorneys general from Hawaii and Virginia, is accusing Internet search giant Google of assisting in the sale of illegal prescription drugs, pirated movies, music and other illicit goods.

Although legal action hasn’t been taken yet, it would seem the trio is trying to test the waters to see if enough fellow compatriots will pile on to generate enough mass to squeeze something from Google.

Hood is now seeking, by way of subpoena, records from the search giant in an attempt to understand more about how its search engine works.

Who knows, perhaps, Google is secretly doing something they shouldn’t do, but perhaps it’s a case of criminals using the company’s tools to their own illicit advantage.

That is, by the way, how criminals become criminals.

Next up, perhaps, Hood should go after the phone companies for not doing more to prevent telephone scams or the federal highway system for not making it tougher for drug smugglers to enter our Interstate highway system.

Better yet, let’s go after the auto manufacturers for not creating sensors that alarm when illegal narcotics are brought within a few feet of the car.

While Hood’s involvement may ultimately help Mississippians, particularly if Google is squeezed to cough up money, wouldn’t the AG’s time be better spent handling issues that face Mississippi?

We remain concerned by the controversy surrounding pathologist Dr. Steven Hayne, who performed thousands and thousands of autopsies for the State of Mississippi for approximately two decades. Despite concerns that Hayne’s testimony may have been flawed, the state has shown virtually no interest in doing a full-scale review of all the cases in which Hayne testified, including a handful of death-row cases.

Instead, we focus on Google.