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Date: Sept. 14, 2021
Publisher: States News Service
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The following information was released by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs:

Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Ranking Member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, pressed Judges Sean Staples, Kenia Lopez, and Rupa Puttagunta, the nominees to be Associate Judges for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, on how they planned to address the rise in crime in DC should they be confirmed. Portman highlighted the increase in crime, not only in Washington, DC, but also across the entire country, and discussed the need for the DC court systems to address this growing problem.

Excerpts from his questioning can be found below

Portman: " Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And thanks to my friend, James Lankford, for his role today as the Ranking Member. There was a little discussion earlier about crime and there is a crime wave in DC, as you know, and it's not only in DC, it's happening around the country, particularly in some of our bigger urban centers. According to the crime statistics, assaults with dangerous weapons, homicides, and armed robberies are all on the rise. Armed robberies are actually up 22 percent from last year. So, 22 percent increase in armed robberies this year as compared to last year, and last year was a concerning year, as you know. The DC Chief of Police has recently criticized the DC court system for contributing to the rise in crime, accusing the court system of allowing criminals to roam free. And I can give you a citation to that, but that was his concern. To our DC Superior Court candidates here, our nominees, in particular, what can the court system do to address this crime wave and to avoid what the Chief of Police, at least, believes is part of the problem? And what other ways would you recommend that the court work better with the prosecutors and with law enforcement to reduce crime?"

Judge Sean C. Staples, Nominee to be...

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