Mark Tuohey, prominent defense attorney, enters D.C. attorney general race

Mark Tuohey, left, sits with former D.C. mayor Anthony Williams during a 2004 D.C. Council debate on stadium finance legislation that ultimately helped bring the Washington Nationals to D.C. from Montreal. Tuohey, a prominent defense attorney and former chairman of the D.C. Sports Commission, has entered the race to be the District's next attorney general.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A prominent white-collar defense attorney has joined the race to become the District of Columbia's first elected attorney general.

Mark Tuohey says he filed papers to run for the office on Tuesday.

The D.C. Council had sought to postpone the city's first election for the office until 2018, but an appeals court invalidated that law, putting an election on the fast track for this year. Paul Zukerberg, who sued the council over its move, had been the only announced candidate.

Tuohey is a former federal prosecutor who played a role in bringing Major League Baseball back to Washington. More recently, he has defended Jeanne Clarke Harris, a central figure in the campaign-finance scandal that damaged Mayor Vincent Gray.

The mayor said Wednesday that Tuohey would be an "outstanding candidate."