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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/10/2011

Holmes Norton pushes for elected D.A.

By Associated Press

District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is introducing a bill in Congress to give Washington an elected district attorney to prosecute local crime instead of the U.S. Attorney.

Norton says there is no law enforcement issue more important to D.C. residents on which they have less say than prosecution of local crimes. She introduced the bill Tuesday.

Norton says her bill follows a 2002 nonbinding referendum in which 82 percent of D.C. voters approved a locally elected district attorney.

As the district's delegate to Congress, Norton says the U.S. Attorney's Office needs to be freed up to handle national security and other vital federal cases, rather than local crime. She says national security should be the focus of federal prosecutors after 9/11 in the nation's capital.

By Associated Press  | February 10, 2011; 11:35 AM ET
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How would DC pay for another agency?

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | February 10, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Congress will NEVER allow the Distric to elect its own district attorney. By having control of the district attorney's office it can control prosecutions of highly placed individuals like congressmen and their staff and families. When was the last time you heard of the District prosecuting a politician for a local crime? Only when news people who see the crime.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 10, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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