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View Diary: The most corrupt states are mostly—surprise!—Red (and mostly white ... but not blue) (174 comments)

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  •  Enforcement priorities (5+ / 0-)

    The only test for correlations with federal judicial resources in a given state.   I.e., whether the public corruption convictions depend on whether a given state has a relative large or relatively small US Attorney's office.

    Their tests would not pick up on whether two US Attorney's offices of the same size put the same priority on corruption prosecutions.  We know that priorities vary across offices.  Right now, for example, the US Atty for Western Washington and the US Atty for Eastern Washington put very different levels of emphasis on marijuana:  W. Washington is reasonably OK with the state's legalization; E. Washington is trying to thwart in every way they can.

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      FaithChatham

      But, I don't see how you can quantify office priorities.  In particular, it seems to me that having the state capitol in Olympia under the Western District of Washington US Attorney’s office would force it to handle a higher proportion of state corruption cases, even considering the higher west side population.

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