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Of the 91 federal court districts across the nation, it is not New York City or Washington, D.C. — which felt the reality of terrorist wrath in 9/11 attacks — that logged the most terrorism-related prosecutions. It is Utah.
The U.S. Department of Justice reported 96 terrorism-related prosecutions in the Beehive state in 2005. That represents one out of every eight such cases nationwide, well ahead of the second-place 80 filed in the Eastern District of Virginia (in the suburbs of Washington), and the third-place 67 in the Southern District of Texas.
"Since our goal is to charge defendants before they can put their plans into action, this very often leads to the use of non-terrorism statutes such as fraud or false statement charges, immigration violations, identity theft and other offenses that often carry lesser penalties than offenses associated with completed terrorist acts or conspiracies," Justice Department spokesman Bryan Sierra said. He added that smaller offenses allow officials to disrupt and prevent more serious attacks.
• Jamie A. Barlow, who worked for an orthodontist, pleaded guilty to using the point-of-sale terminal in that office to illegally credit her account with $11,000. Court records say Barlow was given 90 days' house arrest and ordered to pay restitution.
• Eric Arthur Andersen and Deborah Gaye Bower pleaded guilty to charges stemming from fraudulently obtaining a credit card by using his brother's personal information, and then attempting to buy a $2,000 computer from Best Buy.
• Anne Kristine Bennett, Timmothy Ray Grimsley and Jacqueline Carrie Nelson pleaded guilty to charges stemming from stealing checks from the mail and going on a $3,000 spending spree with them in Weber and Davis counties.
• Robert Brad Young pleaded guilty to charges stemming from use of stolen and counterfeited checks, identity theft and use of false identification.
• Blissen Bacala Coelho pleaded guilty to charges stemming from using someone else's Social Security card to open a credit union account, and then using that account for check kiting.
Originally posted by marg6043
Funny how one state is perhaps taking all the advantage it can get from the patriot act.
There might also be another reason for the numbers. The Justice Department has used such statistics (along with data from all federal districts) in efforts to obtain anti-terrorism funding and to bolster support for the Patriot Act.