Prosecutions for 2018
Lead Charge: 18 USC 115 - Influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a Federal official
Table 1: Criminal Prosecutions
The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during FY 2018 the government reported 45 new prosecutions for these matters. Those cases had a lead charge of "18 USC 115 - Influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a Federal official".
According to the case-by-case information
analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number
is up 40.6% over the past fiscal year when the number of prosecutions totaled
The comparisons of the number of defendants charged with offenses are based on case-by-case information obtained by TRAC under the
Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States
Attorneys (see Table 1).
Compared to five years ago when there were 49, the number of FY 2018 prosecutions of this type is down 8.2 percent. Prosecutions over the past year are still higher than they were
ten years ago. Overall, the data show that prosecutions of this type are up 36.4
percent from the level of 33 reported in 2008 but down 11.8 percent from the level of 51 reported in 1998.
The long term trend in prosecutions for these matters going back to
FY 1998 is shown more clearly in Figure 1. The vertical bars in Figure 1
represent the number of prosecutions of this type recorded each
fiscal year. Each
presidential administration is distinguished by the color of the bars. To view
trends month-by-month rather than year-by-year, see TRAC's monthly report series for the latest data.
Figure 1: Criminal Prosecutions over the last 20 years
Leading Program Areas
Cases were classified by prosecutors into more specific types.
The single largest number of prosecutions of these matters through September 2018 was for "National Internal Security/Terrorism", accounting for 4.4 percent of prosecutions.
The second largest number of matters were Prosecutions filed under the program area of "White Collar Crime " (2.2%) .
Leading Investigative Agencies
The lead investigative agency for prosecutions through September 2018
was "Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation" accounting for 33.3 percent of prosecutions referred.
As shown in Figure 3, additional agencies with substantial numbers of referrals were:
Justice - US Marshals Service (20%), "Other - Social Security Administration" (11.1%), "Homeland Security - Other" (8.9%), "Postal Service" (4.4%).
The "Other" category in Figure 3 is comprised of a diverse group of agencies. The agencies with substantial numbers of within the "Other" category were: Veterans Administration" (4.4%), "Interior" (2.2%), "Justice - Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms," (2.2%), "Justice - Other" (2.2%), "Other - State/Local Authorities" (2.2%).
Figure 2: Specific types of prosecutions
Figure 3: Prosecutions by Investigative Agency
Top Ranked Judicial Districts
Understandably, there is great variation in the number of
prosecutions in each of the nation's ninety-four federal judicial districts.
The districts registering the largest number of prosecutions of this type during
the first twelve months of FY 2018 are shown in Table 3.
Table 2: Top 10 districts
The District of Arizona—with 3 prosecutions—was the most active through September 2018.
The Southern District of Alabama (Mobile), Central District of California (Los Angeles), Southern District of Iowa (Des Moines), Southern District of New York (Manhattan), Southern District of Ohio (Cincinnati), Eastern District of Tennessee (Knoxville), Western District of Texas (San Antonio) and Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria) ranked 2nd.
Report Generated: March 21, 2019