DOJ to focus on terrorism, financial fraud: Holder Aman Kakar at 8:47 AM ET
[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] on Monday delineated the priorities and missions [speech text; video] for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] for the remainder of his present term. Holder said that the DOJ's priorities will include protecting Americans from terrorism at home and abroad, fighting violent crime, combating financial fraud and protecting the most vulnerable members of society. Holder recognized the DOJ's work in fighting terrorism, citing that the department prosecuted more terrorists than in any other two-year period. The DOJ also filed a record number of civil rights and criminal cases and secured an all time high in civil recoveries. Holder touted the DOJ's record recoveries from financial fraud and efforts to increase awareness about financial crimes. He also emphasized that the department will seek to use the federal court system to try terrorism cases.
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