By Allan Lengel ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutions hit a record high in fiscal 2009, thanks to a sharp uptick in immigration cases, the New York Times reported.
The paper reported that there were 169,612 federal prosecution filings up almost 9 percent from the previous year. The data was attributed to data analyzed by TRAC, a research center at Syracuse University in a new report.
The paper reported that Immigration prosecutions comprised more than half of the criminal prosecution.
“The relatively simple cases have become the low-hanging fruit of the federal legal system: Immigration prosecutions, from inception to court disposal, are lightning quick, according to the report. While white-collar prosecutions take an average of 460 days and narcotics cases take 333, the immigration cases are typically disposed of in 2 days,” the paper reported.