The Los Angeles Times
November 15, 1989

Long before the World Wide Web became an established media, TRAC published a thick report using federal court data to examine the performance of "big city" U.S. Attorneys. Ron Ostrow, who had covered the Justice Department for the Times for many years, noted that the data showed that from 1980 to 1997 the drug prosecution rate in Los Angeles was the lowest among the selected districts. Ostrow's November 15, 1989 article noted that the relatively small number of assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Central District of California district and the office's concentration on fraud among the area defense contractors may have been factors in the comparatively low rate of drug cases even though the area was considered the "nation's cocaine warehouse."

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