Eight years after the 9/11 attacks, the time has come to shift crime-fighting resources to other areas while keeping terrorism as a top priority, Carter Stewart, the new U.S. attorney in southern Ohio, tells the Associated Press. So many federal agents were moved to terror investigations that prosecutions of more traditional crimes suffered, he said. “I would like to have more resources go back to our bread-and-butter cases.”
Carter said his prosecution priorities will include financial crime, mortgage fraud, public corruption, environmental crime, and the exploitation of children. The shift of resources to combatting terrorism was understandable because of the unprecedented nature of the 9/11 attacks, Carter said. “Obviously, we don’t want to go overboard, we don’t want to shift all our resources out of terrorism,” Stewart said. “But I think there’s probably a balance to be found.” Stewart said he is following the lead of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has instructed new U.S. attorneys to go back to the basics.