Monday, December 11, 2006

Public Corruption is "in"

Public corruption appears to be a new top priority of DOJ and the FBI. (see here)  Often, however, the sentences issued for public corruption crimes are lower when compared with the sentences issued for fraud cases.  This is in large part because fraud cases have "loss" figures attached to them, and these amounts often increase a sentence. But not everyone is convinced that this should be the appropriate priority.  In a quote in a Washington Post article (in TBO), Senator Dianne Feinstein expresses a view that violent crimes need to be given a higher priority.  One form of crime that goes unmentioned is identity theft.  In this technology age, more attention needs to be given to crimes related to the Internet.


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