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Brickey: I’m not soft on crime

The percentage of cases prosecuted last year by the Summit County Attorney’s Office far exceeds the national average, according to County Attorney David Brickey.

Of the 358 cases county prosecutors reviewed between Feb. 13, 2006, and Feb. 12 of this year charges were not filed in 40.

"Certain people started making comments about us being soft on crime and I think the numbers speak for themselves," Brickey said.

The county filed charges in nearly 89 percent of their cases when many prosecutors nationwide declined to prosecute about 25 percent of the cases they received, he claimed.

Prosecutors at the Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office usually decline to prosecute about 24 percent of their cases each year, he added.

When Brickey, a Republican, was running opposed last year a Park City police officer criticized him for not taking a tough enough stand against suspected criminals.

"We’re not soft on crime," Brickey insists.

Prosecutors in Summit County last year didn’t file charges in 15 cases investigated by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Twenty-one cases filed by the Park City Police Department were rejected by the Summit County Attorney’s Office.

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