Thursday, December 28, 2006

congratulations to kevin o'connor!!!

(i think our local authorities MUST concentrate on the violence HERE too. yet ANOTHER death in new haven this weekend. a young kid, 16 i believe was shot in the face and just taken off of life support yesterday. someone in downtown hartford in front of the trumbell kitchen was robbed AND SHOT a few days ago. this MUST stop. it's getting so you don't want to go into hartford or new haven). but i am still pleased for mr o'connor and i do wish him very much luck!

Top federal prosecutor in Conn. named to national position

By John Christoffersen, Associated Press Writer December 27, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Connecticut's top federal prosecutor has been appointed to a national position focused on combatting violence amid signs that a three-year lull in crime is ending, officials said Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor has been named associate deputy attorney general at the U.S. Justice Department, where he will lead a team focused on violent crime and initiatives to crack down on gangs and illegal guns. He also plans to remain U.S. attorney for Connecticut for at least six months.
"I'm honored that they asked me to do it," O'Connor said. "To me this is a great opportunity to be involved on the national level on the same issues I've been involved in on a local level."
Preliminary FBI data released last week showed that murders and robberies continued to rise across the country during the first six months of 2006. Violent crime figures are on pace for a second straight annual increase. Violent crime rose 2.2 percent nationally last year -- the first increase since 2001.
Authorities around the country also are worried about a resurgence in gangs. O'Connor held the state's first gang summit in September, and his office has been stepping up prosecutions.
O'Connor, who was appointed U.S. attorney in 2002 and starts his new position next week, also has been active in Project Safe Neighborhoods, which targets gun-carrying felons and has recovered about 4,000 guns over the past five years, he said............

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