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March 14, 2017

Polite touts higher-impact prosecutions
By David Hammer

Three-and-a-half years after he took over a U.S. Attorney's Office rocked by an online commenting scandal, Kenneth Polite says he's proud that he restored public faith in a federal prosecutor's office that is more focused on violent crime, crime prevention and cutting down on recidivism. Polite looked back on his tenure after he was forced to resign immediately Friday, part of a nationwide directive from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to clear the decks of holdovers from the Obama administration. Based solely on the volume of prosecutions during Polite's time as top federal law enforcer, the record does not look good. His office brought 333 new criminal prosecutions in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the fewest in the Eastern District of Louisiana in the last 20 years, according to data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

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