The vast majority of theses in this collection are open access and freely available. There are a small number of theses that have access restricted to the WWU campus. For off-campus access to a thesis labeled "Campus Only Access," please log in here with your WWU universal ID, or talk to your librarian about requesting the restricted thesis through interlibrary loan.
Date Permissions Signed
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Salazar, Debra J.
Helms, Ronald E.
Critics of federalization argue that the federal duplication of state criminal laws places an undue burden on the federal courts and there are too many total federal crimes. Federalism proponents claim that the federal overlap threatens the states' roles as laboratories of democracy. This thesis examines criminal cases in the federal court in the Western District of Washington in 2010 and finds concurrent cases are regularly charged by U.S. attorneys in cooperation with state prosecutors. However, the impact on the court is a direct result of the discretion that U.S. attorneys exercise in filing concurrent cases.
Western Washington University
United States; Washington (State)
Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this thesis for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.
Hagglund, Ben (Ben James), "The impact of federalization: an original analysis of local cases in federal court" (2013). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 310.