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United States

30 January 2003

Newsday (New York)

WASHINGTON — Federal gun prosecutions have jumped 45 percent under Attorney General John Ashcroft, but criminal filings in environment, civil rights, government regulation and organized crime cases have dropped, an analysis of federal records shows. Not surprisingly, the sharpest increase in any federal prosecutions since Ashcroft took over the Justice Department came in terrorism and internal security cases, a 15-fold jump to 1,208, nearly all of it coming after the... (

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