State U.S. attorney reorganizes office Agency to focus on 6 targeted areas


The U.S. attorney for Maryland has restructured the office, eliminating the criminal and civil divisions and creating six teams that will focus on priorities she has set.

Effective next month, the new teams of federal prosecutors will concentrate on violent crime, drugs, environmental crime, white-collar crime, general crime and civil and financial litigation.

Lynne Battaglia, the U.S. attorney, said the new structure will allow prosecutors to work together in smaller groups in targeted areas, and also permit them to more easily meet with investigators working the cases.

"We are really doing a lot of work to have strategy sessions with investigative agencies that were heretofore not done," Ms. Battaglia said. "In the past, we would receive cases and work with them [investigators]. Now we're sitting down, they tell us what's going on, and we ask where they think resources should be put."

She said that type of dialogue also reinforces a plan she announced last month to visit every county in the state to talk to local officials and get a better perspective on crime statewide.

Prosecutors named to head the teams are: Jan P. Miller, narcotics; Katharine J. Armentrout, violent crime; Jane F. Barrett, environmental crime; Carmina S. Hughes, general crime; Juliet Urich, civil and financial litigation; and Dale P. Kelberman, white-collar crime.

Named as chief of the Mid-Atlantic Organized Crime-Drug Enforcement Task Force was Gregory Welsh. Ms. Armentrout previously headed that group.

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