NYTimes: In Fight Against Violent Crime, Justice Dept. Targets Low-Level Gun Offenders

NYTimes: In Fight Against Violent Crime, Justice Dept. Targets Low-Level Gun Offenders. In my district, through the end of March, 200 cases were filed. Normally, 100. Granted, there are many multi-defendant cases, but the AUSAs told me that they’re taking all felon in possession cases, even dispensing with state drug charges in the process which are dumped between jurisdictions.

Three law enforcement officials described a newfound interest among prosecutors in taking on smaller gun cases — referred to in law enforcement parlance as one-man, one-gun cases for their narrow impact. Such cases had long been left to state and local prosecutors, freeing Justice Department officials to focus on broader investigations of interstate gun trafficking and criminal networks.

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