Another veteran journalist is going to the so-called “dark side” (which is how we reporting hacks refer to the flacking side of the street).

Melissa Grace, one of two Daily News court reporters laid off in April as part of the tabloid’s ongoing realaignment under new editor, Colin Myler, has accepted a job with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s press shop. She will be starting work as a deputy press secretary in his New York City office this week.

Once upon a time, Grace was my colleague at the Albany Times Union. She covered courts and crime there, too, and was perhaps best known for covering the trial of four NYPD officers who shot and killed an unarmed Guinean immigrant, Amadou Diallo, in a barrage of 41 bullets in the vestibule of his apartment in the Soundview section of the Bronx back in February 1999.

The trial was moved to Albany by an appellate court, which determined that the “public clamor’” over the case made a fair trial in NYC impossible. The proceedings caused quite the stir here in the Capital City – something the Rev. Al Sharpton made quite sure of.

In February 2000, all four officers were acquitted of all charges related to Diallo’s death.

Grace moved from the TU to the DN, where she remained for 12 years. While at the paper, she covered education, the NYPD, the Manhattan DA’s office, Brooklyn and Queens news and the attacks of 9/11.

Grace isn’t replacing anyone at the AG”s press office, per se, although the position that was held by Danny Kanner, who departed last April to work on the Obama campaign, was never filled.

Although Grace did not leave the DN of her own volition, she’s the second reporter affiliated with the paper to accept a high-profile spokesperson post in recent months.

In June, the UFT announced it had hired veteran police reporter Alison Gendar to be a deputy press secretary.