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DOJ’s Criminal Division Leader Opens Up About Pandemic’s Toll

Federal prosecutors are facing a “significant backlog of cases in the pipeline” amid a global pandemic that restricted court operations and limited how they can bring criminal charges, a top U.S. Justice Department official said.

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