Matthew Graves, the US attorney for the District of Columbia, must be grateful that the Justice Department will “surge additional law enforcement tools and resources” to tackle violent crimes and carjackings in the nation’s capital. But he should also be embarrassed. The announcement is a tacit admission that the city’s chief prosecutor has failed abysmally at tackling crime.
In the department’s press release, Graves is quoted as saying, “We have been surgically targeting and prosecuting those driving violence within our community.” That’s a lie, and everyone knows it: from police and community members to prosecutors in his own office and those who, disgusted by his policies, have left for other employment. One of us (Stimson) explaining before the House Judiciary Committee last August about Graves’ appalling record and what needs to be done to protect visitors and residents.
Last year in Washington, DC, there were 274 homicides (a 35% increase over 2022), 3,470 robberies (a 67% increase), 6,829 car thefts (an 82% increase), and 13,349 thefts (a 23% increase). Overall, violent crime was up 39%, and all crime was up 26% year over year.
Carjacking is a huge problem in Washington, DC Last year, there were 958 carjackings — 77% of which involved guns — and the police closed only 260 cases, resulting in 173 arrests. Sixty-two percent of those arrests involved juveniles, the majority of whom were 15 or 16 years old, yet Graves refused to prosecute most violent juveniles as adults.
Despite this crime tsunami, Graves’s office of 330 prosecutors has a decline rate of 67%. Graves tries to blame everyone but himself for this problem, from the crime lab to the courts to the police, the latter of whom he says brought weak cases to his office.
The police aren’t buying it. Robert J. Contee III,
WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — The US Justice Department on Friday announced it is sending more resources to the US Attorney’s office for DC to help combat last year’s steep rise in violent crime.
There were significant spikes in crimes committed by juveniles in 2023 with violent acts like carjackings and robberies, according to Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) statistics.
“You know, seeing 12, 13, 14, 15 year olds committing these crimes, 16 and 17 year olds that we prosecute … It’s heartbreaking to me,” Matthew Graves, the US attorney for DC, told DC News Now.
Graves said about 20 analysts and prosecutors have already joined the US attorney’s office to better respond to rising crime trends with data analytics, deeper investigations and increased prosecutions.
He said people in the District deserve to feel safe and that while it pains him to prosecute young people, they are committing serious crimes that must be punished.
“I want the kids to hear … if people are telling you that there are no consequences, that you won’t be caught, they’re lying to you,” Graves said. “You will be caught.”
Last year, violent crime in the nation’s capital was up 39% from the previous year, according to MPD statistics. Businesses have been the targets of robberies from troubled neighborhoods to wealthy ones like at The Wharf.
“We’ve been hit twice,” said Christopher Pennachio, the manager of DCity Smokehouse in Southeast DC. “I want to come to work, feel safe and then make it home at the end of the day, like anybody else would.”
Pennachio said his barbeque restaurant now has an armed guard. The last time the place
The US Attorney who led the federal investigation into Hunter Biden was “briefed” on the key FBI form that contained allegations that then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national were involved in a criminal bribery scheme that involved influence over US policy decisions, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed Wednesday.
Mon. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent letters to Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Trump-appointed Delaware US Attorney David Weiss, who led the federal investigation into Hunter Biden demanding answers amid allegations of whistleblowers suggesting the probe was slow-walked and influenced by politics.
GRASSLEY, GRAHAM DEMAND FBI TURN OVER KEY DOCUMENT LINKED TO BIDEN ALLEGATIONS
Graham wrote to Garland and Weiss separately, seeking information on the alleged politicization that influenced decisions throughout the Hunter Biden probe.
The document in question is an FBI-generated FD-1023 form. The form, dated June 30, 2020, reflects the FBI’s interview with a “highly credible” confidential source who detailed multiple meetings and conversations he or she had with a top executive of Burisma Holdings over the course of several years, starting in 2015. Hunter Biden sat on the board of Burisma.
In the letter to Weiss, Graham said that he has “been informed that you and your office were briefed on allegations in an FD-1023 form suggesting there may have been phone calls recorded between Hunter Biden and Joe Biden with a senior official at Burisma Holdings , a Ukrainian energy company.”
“The FD-1023 in question alleges that the
BURLINGTON — In honor of National Police Week, US Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest spoke out in support of the service and sacrifice of federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers in Vermont. This year, the week is commemorated from May 14 through May 20.
“Every day in Vermont, our federal, state, county and local officers show up and run toward danger to keep our communities safe,” Kerest said in a statement. “This is difficult work and is vital to the safety of all Vermonters. My office comments and thanks each of them for their dedication to our Vermont communities. In addition, we should also focus on officer wellness. The pressures of responding to unknown circumstances take a toll on law enforcement officers and deserve attention. I encourage everyone to get in touch with a police officer this week and convey gratitude for their sacrifices.”
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week to remember and honor law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices. Peace Officers Memorial Day, which every year falls on May 15, specifically honors law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.
Based on data from the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund, the names of 556 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC The 556 officers include 224 officers who were killed during 2022, plus 332 officers who died in previous years, but whose stories of sacrifice have been lost to history until now. The names of all 556 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated during the 35th Candlelight Vigil to be held on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Saturday.
The schedule of National Police
Alamdar S. Hamdani’s nomination to become the US Attorney for the Southern District of Texas was confirmed Thursday during an executive business meeting by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Once a Senate floor vote is taken and if Hamdani, 51, is officially appointed by President Joe Biden, he will be tasked with helping quash white-collar crime in the southern Texas district. He would also be in charge of cracking down on violent crime and overseeing the record surge of migration at the southern border.… Read the rest
Scrutiny and criticisms from every direction have been at the US Department of Justice ever since the FBI executed a search warrant of former President Donald Trump’s home.
On Thursday, however, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the DOJ has filed a motion in Florida to unseal the search warrant and property receipt. Trump’s home, Mar-A-Lago, is located in the Palm Beach area.