District Attorney’s Office Needs to Improve By Dan Schorr

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Schorr_Dan While District Attorney
Janet DiFiore recently focused on improving
the quality of defense attorneys in this county (see her recent Journal News
column, “New York state’s public defense system needs to improve”), what
Westchester really needs is a top prosecutor dedicated to improving the
District Attorney’s office so that we can stem the rising tide of violence in
our county and better support Westchester’s police.

     

The latest crime
statistics show that murder, rape, and burglary are all up in Westchester
while they are down state-wide.  Mount Vernon,
in particular, has averaged a homicide a month for almost a year and a
half.  Meanwhile, the District Attorney’s office is failing to properly
manage prosecutors, effectively help crime victims, establish a stable presence
in the community, and back up our local police when they make solid arrests of
dangerous criminals.

One major problem is the
current practice of changing the Assistant District Attorney who is assigned to
a particular case many times throughout the pendency of that case.  Trust
between the victim and the prosecutor is extremely important in order for the
offender to be successfully prosecuted. This trust must be established and
strengthened over time, as the prosecutor develops an understanding of the
evidence and witnesses, helps the victim find appropriate counseling services,
and prepares the case and the victim for possible trial.

But many Westchester
crime victims are not receiving this needed attention and stability.  A
friend of mine who was recently a victim of a sex crime in Westchester told me
how she had to explain everything to a new Assistant D.A. several times,
recounting and reliving in exasperation her terrible experience over and
over.  When the case was finally resolved by plea, she had had five
different Assistant D.A.s on the case in just a few months.

Crime victims,
witnesses, and police officers should know that the prosecutor who works with
them on day one of a new case will be with them right to the very end, not
abandoning them in a month or two.  No major prosecution office in New
York besides Westchester is
mismanaged in this way, and it is time that this backward system is ended.

Similarly, the rapid
shuffle of Assistant D.A.’s in our local courts have prevented community
residents and police from getting to know the prosecutors who are assigned to
help them.  Much attention has justifiably been given to “community
policing” but the D.A’s office has abandoned any concept of “community
prosecution” in which local court Assistant D.A.s maintain their geographic
assignment long enough to get to know the neighborhoods in which they work.

I recently attended a
crime forum at the Grace Baptist Church
in Mount
Vernon and while local religious, political, and
community leaders discussed specific answers to the growing crime problem,
Janet DiFiore merely told the audience that
the D.A.’s office “stands ready” to help and then was silent for the remainder
of the two-hour forum.

The public needs a
better-managed D.A.’s office that isn’t just standing ready, but actually
initiates more contact with the local community and more aggressively prosecutes
the crimes that are plaguing certain areas of our county.

Westchester
also deserves an improved D.A.’s office that will support our local police and
follow through on the important arrests that they are making.  The current
system of granting light plea bargains to many defendants who then return to
re-offend on our streets must end.  We must back up the local police who
have bravely come forward to question the failure on the part of the D.A.’s
office to hold dangerous criminals to the top charge on many arrests,
especially gun crimes.  Readers can ask any member of their local police
department whether the D.A.’s office is aggressively prosecuting the felons
that law enforcement is arresting and they will hear about the problem themselves,
unfiltered by any candidate or newspaper.

While ensuring a system
of competent defense attorneys is essential in any fair society, the District
Attorney was elected to protect our safety and should focus more of her
attention on that important goal.  Reforms outlined above will allow
prosecutors to gain in-depth knowledge of the evidence, victims, witnesses, and
their communities and they will therefore be in a much better position to care
for the needs of crime victims, support our local police, successfully
prosecute dangerous criminals, and keep Westchester
safe.

Dan Schorr is the Repblican nominee for
Westchester County District Attorney. Learn more at www.ElectDanSchorr.com, or call

(914) 625-6270.

eHeziDistrict Attorney’s Office Needs to Improve By Dan Schorr

Comments 18

  1. Sam bought 5000 street signs. That would indicate a whole lot more were expected.
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  2. Didn’t Zherka say he was expecting at least 5,000 people there? He was off by a big ZERO. Fitting, because he is a big ZERO himself.
    Probably most that did show up were family and employees, or even paid homeless. Zherka would do that. He’d pay homeless people to show up. He would pay others to show up too, and probably did.

  3. sam zherka’s abolish county government
    rally drew betwee 500-700 people what
    a flop…he is a complete fraud and everyone
    knows it

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  5. I read the article authored by District Attorney Janet DiFiore an found her concerns about the need for competent defense for individuals charged with a crime to be refreshing and honest. Mr. Schor’s spin is transparently self-servng. Westchester is in good hands and the intelligent-thinking folks of Westchester will make that evident when they re-elect her in November.

  6. Until and unless it is solved, who is to say what is nonsense at what isn’t? If her estranged husband did it, he would have been arrested long ago. Didn’t the late Sheriff Tom Delaney have a theory about the Enea case? A theory or belief that put him in hot water with certain political forces?

  7. It is an unsolved, and very big murder case from 1979. Ms. Enea was a Westchester political activist who made some enemies. If someone who was a friend of Ms. Enea has some information or suspicions about it, or about a possible reason why she was killed, why would that make anything at all that person suggests “out in left field?” Maybe it would be, maybe it wouldn’t be.
    But unless you know who did the killing and why, who are you to say what leads or what information is out in left field or not? After all, it is unsolved.
    If political figures were involved, and that has not been proved, then they should be arrested if it is possible to build a case. But for you to say something is out in left field when you don’t know what it is and the case is unsolved makes no sense.

  8. For “Friend.” Apparently you don’t believe Sharon Enea was killed because of domestic difficulties. Is that correct?
    Apparently you believe her murder somehow involved at least two political figures, at least as far as the motive is concerned. Who actually committed the crime is another matter.
    But, since these two political figures were in different parties, do you have an idea of what their common motive would have been?
    Specifically, if Sharon Enea was killed because she knew too much, did her knowledge involve professional corruption on the part of those individuals? Or did it involve what we can call “personal corruption?” Ie., very embarrassing personal secrets? As a friend of Sharon, your opinion would be welcomed.

  9. it may be a good question but you will have
    to ask her since it was done inside the da’s
    office to which plain old citizens even if
    they are friends have no access too…

  10. Why did Pirro investigate Yonkers baseball when her husband was involved??? Then came to the conclusion of no foul play????? Please advise!

  11. if as anon says Schorr’s views on Lovett are “probably the same as everyone else’s
    and since the matter involves an allegation that a police officer murdered ridley..and
    since the current DA is alleged to have covered it up, and since we are in the middle of a poltical campaign for that office and since tony castro is supported by zherka and blassberg..who work closely
    with lovett…Schorr has an obligation to speak out on the issue….As professor Girshman pointed out last night attorneys have certain obligations not to engage in misrepresentation of material Fact..Just because he wants to beat difiore is not an excuse for silence

  12. He’s right about a lot of things, including his assertion that law enforcement doesn’t like DiFiore.
    And to anyone who suggests Schorr should comment on the Lovett-Zherka-Ridley case fiasco, Schorr would be criticized for “politicizing” this subject no matter what stance he took. The best he could do is make a generic comment about the importance of truth-telling, the consequences of any perjury, etc.
    He’s not in office. It’s not his case, and he cannot be seen as “interfering,” which would be guaranteed to happen if he spoke out too forcefully.
    His views on the Lovett scam are probably the same as everyone else’s.

  13. Excellent Presentation
    These are well thought out detailed plans and in my opinion a breath of fresh air from the current and prior DA’s. Pirro was all about Pirro, and DiFiore is well…It is hard to tell because she doesn’t do ANYTHING.
    Westchester County desperately needs new blood, fresh ideas and younger energy. Dan is the right person for DA NOW.

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