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May 26, 2008

Brooklyn federal prosecutors lead nation in mob cases
By Anthony M. Destefano

Government statistics compiled and released by the nonprofit Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse indicate that Brooklyn saw a total of 64 defendants indicted in February, the most recent month in which numbers are available. Included in the data is the Gambino sweep and a couple of non-Mafia cases involving racketeering. "The federal judicial district which showed the greatest growth in the rate of organized crime prosecutions compared to one year ago - 61.4 percent - was [the] Eastern District of New York. This was the same district that had the largest increase - 102.9 percent - when compared with five years ago," said the TRAC report. TRAC noted that because of the Gambino cases, Garaufis, the Brooklyn federal judge, was No. 1 in the nation for mob indictments, far surpassing a judge in Philadelphia who picked up just three cases.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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