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USDOJ Report to Congress on the Activities and Operations of the Public Integrity Section for 2010

USDOJ Report to Congress on the Activities and Operations of the Public Integrity Section for 2010

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REPORT TO CONGRESSON THE ACTIVITIES AND OPERATIONSOF THEPUBLIC INTEGRITY SECTIONFOR 2010
Public Integrity SectionCriminal DivisionUnited States Department of JusticeSubmitted Pursuant toSection 603 of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978
 
INTRODUCTION
This Report to Congress is submitted pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, which requires the Attorney General to report annually to Congress on the operationsand activities of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section. The Report describes theactivities of the Public Integrity Section during 2010. It also provides statistics on thenationwide federal effort against public corruption during 2010 and over the previous twodecades.The Public Integrity Section was created in 1976 in order to consolidate theDepartment’s oversight responsibilities for the prosecution of criminal abuses of the publictrust by government officials into one unit of the Criminal Division. Section attorneys prosecute selected cases involving federal, state, or local officials, and also provide advice andassistance to prosecutors and agents in the field regarding the handling of public corruptioncases. In addition, the Section serves as the Justice Department’s center for handling variousissues that arise regarding public corruption statutes and cases.An Election Crimes Branch was created within the Section in 1980 to supervise theDepartment’s nationwide response to election crimes, such as voter fraud and campaign-financing offenses. The Branch reviews all major election crime investigations throughout thecountry and all proposed criminal charges relating to election crime.During the year, the Section maintained a staff of approximately twenty-eightattorneys, including experts in extortion, bribery, election crimes, and criminal conflicts of interest. The section management included: Jack Smith, Chief; Raymond N. Hulser, PrincipalDeputy Chief; Peter J. Ainsworth, Senior Deputy Chief for Litigation; Justin V. Shur, DeputyChief; and Richard C. Pilger, Director, Election Crimes Branch.Part I of the Report discusses the operations of the Public Integrity Section andhighlights its major activities in 2010. Part II describes significant cases prosecuted by theSection in 2010. Part III presents nationwide data based on the Section’s annual surveys of United States Attorneys regarding the national federal effort to combat public corruption from1990 through 2010 and data specific to the Public Integrity Section for 2010.i
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSPART IOPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OFTHE PUBLIC INTEGRITY SECTION
A.RESPONSIBILITY FOR LITIGATION................................11.Recusals by United States AttorneysOffices.......................12.Sensitive and Multi-District Cases................................23.Federal Agency Referrals.......................................34.Requests for Assistance/Shared Cases.............................3B.SPECIAL SECTION PRIORITIES....................................31.Election Crimes..............................................42.Conflicts of Interest Crimes.....................................7C.LEGAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE............................. 81.Training and Advice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82.Advisor to the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiencyand the Executive Council on Integrity and Efficiency................83.Member of the Board Advisors of the Election Assistance Commission..94.Legislative Activities..........................................95.Case Supervision and General Assistance..........................96.International Advisory Responsibilities...........................10
PART IIPUBLIC INTEGRITY SECTION INDICTMENTS ANDPROSECUTIONS IN 2010
INTRODUCTION.................................................11FEDERAL JUDICIAL BRANCH....................................12FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE BRANCH.................................14FEDERAL EXECUTIVE BRANCH..................................16STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT............................... 21FEDERAL ELECTION CRIMES.....................................25ii

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