Drugs and thugs slide down priority scale

  • Article by: DAN BROWNING , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 31, 2012 - 1:42 PM

U.S. Attorney says office is focused on bigger, more time-consuming crimes.

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greatxDec. 30, 12 8:33 PM

"high-volume gun cases" God forbid they do their job...

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jarlmnDec. 30, 12 8:56 PM

I find it rather rich that this fellow is running the ATFE, but is not into prosecuting violent crimes. While I think it indeed correct for higher-level crimes instead of street-level crimes, to be the focus of a U.S. Attorney's office, I worry that the slack will not get picked-up on the local level. I wonder how all the anti-gun sentiment in some circles is gonna reconcile with all the violent criminals running loose on the street-level? What fun.

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mchristiDec. 30, 12 9:54 PM

Drug crimes and most violent crimes are matters that should be handled by local authorities under state laws, going to the federal level only when there is some compelling reason to do so. The US Attorney's office should focus on those things that it has sole jurisdiction or which can't be handled as well at the county or state level. It's good to see that appropriate priorities are indeed being set by this office, even if it means fewer cases in terms of absolute numbers or some law enforcement disappointment.

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PatitodehuleDec. 30, 1210:38 PM

I agree with Jones, for the most part, and I'm glad to see he knows where the priorities are. All too often prosecuting attorneys go for the numbers and the real priorities suffer.

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mnpls123Dec. 30, 1211:05 PM

I'm sure race has nothing to do with who he is deciding to prosecute.

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FrankLDec. 30, 1211:59 PM

Murders are increasing, most by driven by drug gangs, but the US attorney thinks it is not important! Looked what happened to Mexico by ignoring the drug gangs.

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luzhishenDec. 31, 1212:13 AM

I'm sure race has nothing to do with who...criticizes him.

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viktorvaughnDec. 31, 1212:27 AM

"Murders are increasing..."

Are you sure about that? Last time I checked murders were close to all time lows.

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greatxDec. 31, 1212:29 AM

"Looked what happened to Mexico by ignoring the drug gangs" --- And we can thank the "Fast and Furious" for that...

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viktorvaughnDec. 31, 1212:43 AM

It sounds like the US Attorney is focusing on the right things. It makes me think that if we started treating drug abuse as a health problem rather than a criminal justice issue it would free up police officers time so they could do police work. They could investigate crimes, they could walk a beat and get to know the neighbors, and maybe even respond to calls within an hour. Police have alienated whole communities with the militant war on drugs, and when regular folks don't trust the police, everyone is less safe.

I'd rather federal prosecutor go after those who seek to rob me with a pen, they're the most insidious and difficult to prosecute. Leave the two-bit thugs to the county and state.

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