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April 1, 2007

Federal prosecutions on the decline in Manhattan
By Anthony M. Destefano

Department of Justice data examined by Newsday showthat prosecutions started by federal prosecutors in Manhattan dropped 32 percent between Fiscal Year 2005 and Fiscal Year 2006. Large drops were seen in narcotics and organized crime prosecutions while lesser dips occured in white collar, immigration and weapons cases. The drop in prosecutions wasn't as large in Brooklyn, which saw a 20 percent dip in the same period, mainly in narcotics and white collar cases. The statistics are collected by the Justice Department from federal prosecutors and are made available by the non-profit Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC. Nationwide, the drop in cases for all U.S. attorneys offices combined amounted to about 4 percent from Fiscal Year 2005 to Fiscal Year 2006, according to TRAC.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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