HISTORY LESSON

Sessions Touts ‘Anglo-American Heritage’ of Sheriff’s Office

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday invoked “Anglo-American heritage” in an off-the-cuff remark during a speech at the National Sheriffs Association winter meeting in Washington. “The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,” Sessions said. “We must never erode this historic office.” Sessions’ prepared remarks did not include “Anglo-American,” and the line in question reads: “The sheriff is a critical part of our legal heritage.” His comment appears to reference the English origins of a sheriff’s office.