New Report Shows Courthouses with Highest Number of Sentences, Midland Named in Top 5 11/11/12
CBS 7 News
November 11, 2012
Federal judges across the nation are shouldering criminal caseloads that vary widely in size, sometimes even among judges in the same courthouse.
That's according to a study released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
The study's comparison of caseloads between regions confirmed that courthouses on the southwest border had by far the highest number of sentences.
Atop the list was judge Robert C. Brack, the only district judge in Las Cruces, New Mexico with more than 7,000 defendants sentenced.
The next four were other Texas courthouses in McAllen, Midland, El Paso, and Del Rio.
Each of the judges in those courthouses averaged more than 4,6000 sentences.
According to the report, the 11 courthouses with the highest caseloads were all on the border, "because of the government's sharply increased emphasis on the criminal enforcement of immigration matters."