Lisa Bloch Rodwin, Erie County's top domestic violence prosecutor and one of the nation's best known, will fly to Chicago today for her latest appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to discuss the recent 50-year prison term a Buffalo man got for the forcible rape of his wife.
Having appeared on several of Winfrey's most watched and most attention-getting episodes on domestic violence, Bloch Rodwin is slated to appear on the nationally broadcast show Wednesday.
She could not be reached to comment, but spokesmen for the district attorney's office confirmed she will only be reimbursed for expenses of the trip to Chicago, with Oprah Winfrey's production company picking up the cost of her airfare.
Bloch Rodwin, chief of Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark's Domestic Violence Bureau, was awarded one of The Buffalo News' Founders Awards as an architect of Buffalo's Family Justice Center, which provides one-stop aid for victims of domestic violence.
Last May's Winfrey shows with Bloch Rodwin and Susan Still, the Amherst housewife who endured years of verbal and physical abuse by her former husband, are being used by authorities nationwide to increase professional awareness of domestic violence issues.
In December 2004, State Supreme Court Justice John F. O'Donnell of Buffalo imposed a 36-year prison term on Still's ex-husband, Ulner Lee Still, now 51.
Bloch Rodwin will be interviewed about the 50-year prison term Anthony Woods, 42, received from State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges on Sept. 21 as the first husband in Erie County to be convicted of raping his wife.
Woods, of Bennett Village Terrace, was convicted May 22 of sexually assaulting and sodomizing his wife only 10 days after their April 2006 church wedding and again June 12, 2006, when he was arrested after trying to force his wife to empty her bank account for him.
Woods was the first man convicted of spousal rape since the state's high court in 1994 overturned the long-standing marital exemption for sex crime charges in another Buffalo case.