In a recent survey by the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, one out of every two federal prosecutors reported having been threatened or assaulted at least once in their careers. The findings are consistent with data from the Justice Department’s Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, which also show that threats against federal prosecutors tripled between 2002 and 2007.
About 1,300, or 23 percent, of the nation’s federal prosecutors participated in the NAAUSA survey. The group’s president, Richard Delonis, presented the findings to a House Judiciary subcommittee today.
Among the highlights: About 80 percent of the respondents said AUSAs who carry “high-vulnerability” caseloads and who were proficient in the use of firearms should be able to carry a gun if desired. And 79 percent rated secure parking as the most important security improvement.