After six years of conflict with his state’s Democratic attorney general, Utah’s Republican Governor Michael O. Leavitt has taken unusual, if not unprecedented, revenge: He has signed a law stripping the AG’s office of most of its powers.

The law got its start in the wake of a conflict between the two over the state’s tobacco lawsuit. It gives the governor final authority over civil litigation, which Attorney General Jan Graham characterized as “85% of what I do.”

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