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About the Criminal Branch

​​The Office of Criminal Appeals handles appeals of all criminal convictions in the Commonwealth. The attorneys in Criminal Appeals argue in front of the Kentucky Supreme Court, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the United States Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. This office files over 1000 briefs a year in its efforts to uphold convictions of criminals.

The Office of the Prosecutor's Advisory Council (PAC) administers the budget for all 120 County Attorney's Offices and all 57 Commonwealth's Attorney's Offices throughout the state. PAC also hosts numerous training sessions for prosecutors including the Kentucky Prosecutor's Institute and the Prosecutor's Advisory Council Annual Conference.

The Special Prosecutions Unit has concurrent jurisdiction with locally elected prosecutors to prosecute various crimes throughout the Commonwealth including theft from the state treasury, environmental crimes, and violations of election laws. Special Prosecutions also assists or prosecutes at the request of local prosecutors in complex cases or where a conflict of interest exists.

​​​​​​The Department of Criminal Inv​​estigations (DCI) has three branches – the Public Corruptions Branch, the Drug Investigations Branch, and the Cyber Crimes Branch. The Public Corruption Branch focuses on public corruption in state and local governments including thefts from the state treasury. The Drug Investigations Branch investigates all violations of the Controlled Substances Act (KRS 218A) with a focus on prescription pill diversion. The Cyber Crimes Branch investigates crimes committed over the internet included possession of and manufacturing child pornography. Pursuant to KRS 15.150, all the investigators in DCI are peace officers.

J. Michael BrownDeputy Attorney General ​J. Michael Brown is the interim director of the Criminal Branch in the Office of the Attorney General. Brown served as secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet for eight years. A former district court judge in Jefferson County, he was law director for the City of Louisville, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney, and served on the board of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority for 12 years, including six years as the board’s chair. Brown was elected the first African American president of the Louisville Bar Association, and chaired the Kentucky Bar Association’s Task Force on Minorities. He is a military veteran and former member of KBA’s Ethics Committee. He received his J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law.