West Michigan to get additional federal prosecutor

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sessions called the question-and-answer session with reporters to highlight his department's fight to reduce violent crime. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Jeff Sessions is appointing 40 additional Assistant U.S. Attorneys nationwide to focus on violent crimes and the Western District of Michigan will be receiving one of them.

The appointee to West Michigan will be the only one of the 40 added to the state.  The 40 new federal prosecutors are being placed in 27 selected locations around the country.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge, who is serving this district, says that the position is expected to be filled in the next few months.

“The additional resource will be a significant force multiplier in our efforts targeting violent crime,” Birge said in a press release.

Sessions says he has asked Congress for additional funding for Project Safe Neighborhoods to reduce violent crime.

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4 comments

  • Truth

    By west Michigan I hope they mean Grand Rapids and Muskegon. If violent crime is their target then go where the violent crime is. Leave the rest of us alone.

  • Common Cents

    He says he wants to stop violent crime and yet wants to invigorate the drug war, the biggest source of violent crime in the nation. This is how politicians think and you let them run your life.

    • Common Cents

      Violence is inherent in black markets, not theoretical: History makes a strong case that prohibition encourages aggression. When the 18th Amendment was passed, alcohol transitioned from a legitimate business to a funding source for organized crime. Violent crime increased dramatically as sellers went to extreme lengths to protect themselves and their stake. The 18th Amendment was passed in 1919, and homicides rose steadily from 1920 to 1933. Writing in American Law and Economics Review, Harvard Professor of Economics Jeffrey Miron argues that “drug and alcohol prohibition have substantially raised the homicide rate in the U.S. over much of the past 100 years.”
      By contrast, when goods are legalized, crime declines. Legitimate businessmen replace Mafia gangsters, and entrepreneurs lose their incentive to kill in order to protect themselves. After the 21st Amendment ended Prohibition in 1933, homicides diminished for 11 years straight. Part of this was due to improving economic conditions, but part was likely also due to the fact that legal markets discourage violence.
      The same trend can be seen with regards to medical marijuana. Writing in the Journal of Drug Issues, researchers analyzed violent and property crime in 11 Western states and found, “Significant drops in rates of violent crime associated with state MMLs [medical marijuana laws].” When drugs are legalized, violent crime declines.
      Prohibition advocates argue that legalizing drugs might increase violent crime, as criminals move from the drug market into other illicit enterprises. This movement is plausible, but the net effect is still likely to be less crime. Prohibited substances fund criminal enterprises, and strangling this funding also strangles the organizations’ other activities.