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Saturday, November 29, 2003

Does anyone else have a problem with this?

Federal marshals have arrested several fugitives under a new partnership with area law-enforcement agencies that will put the marshals in charge of tracking fugitives throughout most of the metropolitan area.

"All violent-crimes warrants will now go through the [U.S.] Marshals Service," said Tom O'Brien, senior deputy U.S. marshal and lead investigator on three recent captures of murder suspects.

"Instead of these different organizations having a backlog of warrants and just sitting on them, [the warrants] will all go to the same place, and we're going to do something about them. We're all on board and on the same page, and that's the bottom line," Mr. O'Brien said.

OK, yeah, yeah, the bad guys get caught. Which is a good thing, right? But why, oh why, are the STATES putting their workload onto the FEDERAL law enforcement agencies? My own opinion is that unless the criminals commit a Federal offense, the Feds should stay the hell out of State business. Any comments on this?

Found over at Kim du Toit.

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