The News & Observer (Raleigh)
February 01, 2001

The election of a new president means the appointment of a new Attorney General. It also means that for most of the nation a new U.S. Attorney will be taking over in each of the federal judicial districts. Andrea Weigl and Matthew Eisley decided that with this probable switch in party control about to take place, that the time had come to examine the performance of office in their region during the Clinton years. With the help of TRAC data, Weigl and Eisley discovered that while the office had focused a good deal of energy on drug enforcement, it had done little when it came to polluters, corrupt government officials or white collar criminals. During the last 13 years, for one example, the office had chosen not to posecute a single environmental case although 20 such matters had been referred to it by federal investigators. The front-page article included thoughtful comments from a number of prominent lawyers and investigators, including the former head of the local FBI office.

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