Monday, June 25, 2007
DOJ has clearly been a place making the news with individuals in top positions leaving office. (see here) But normally a change of personnel would not affect the level or quality of prosecutions, as so many in the office are career individuals. One has to wonder if this is the case this time, as new statistics on public corruption prosecutions show a marked drop from the prior month for the month of February. According to the TRAC reporting system the number of February 2007 prosecutions was down 21.3% from the prior month. And from the prior year we're taking a 12.1% decrease. Although the convictions for this month was down only 4.8%, this number will have to increase if the number of people being charged with these crimes decreases. It is hard to believe that people are being less corrupt, especially in government positions. Yet, with the statistics showing this decrease, one can only assume that either people are being less corrupt, or the DOJ is no longer prosecuting this conduct at the same level.
(esp)(w/ disclosure that she received her B.S. from Syracuse U. - the home of the TRAC reporting system)