Sunday, April 1, 2007
Oklahoma City's top federal prosecutor, John Richter, may be a Sooner, but he's a stranger to turf disputes. Richter has made a concerted effort to reach out to local prosecutors and law enforcement agencies to bring new focus to local criminal activity in the federal western district. In an interview with The Associated Press, Richter said a key role of the US Attorney's Office is to pool resources with state and local authorities to investigate and prosecute local crime and to avoid turf disputes.
Under Richter's leadership, city and county officials have teamed with others from the state and federal governments in multi-jurisdictional task forces that focus on drug trafficking, organized gangs, the sexual exploitation of children and identity theft. At the end of 2006, charges had been filed against more than 45 gang members. Story from KSWO.com. . . [Michele Berry]