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Letter: Sedita committed to serving justice

Sedita committed to serving justice

I read The News editorial about Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita. I am the district attorney for Broome County and served with Sedita on the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, and as an officer of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York while Sedita served as president from July 2014 to July 2015. I currently am the association’s president. I felt obligated to write this letter not to endorse Sedita for any position, but rather to ensure that readers have a sense of his remarkable range of accomplishments as a prosecutor and career public servant.

Sedita has served the people of New York as a prosecutor for more than a quarter of a century. He has prosecuted some of the most heinous criminals in the history of Erie County. As DA, he instituted ethical and administrative policies. He co-chaired the state’s White Collar Task Force, which in 2013 issued a report explaining the pressing need to change certain parts of our criminal procedure and penal laws so as to allow more effective prosecution of white collar and public corruption cases.

Sedita’s accomplishments have been recognized by his peers in many ways: in 2007 DASSNY named him Prosecutor of the Year; in 2014, the New York State Bar Association named him Prosecutor of the Year; and prosecutor training organizations have repeatedly asked him to lecture to prosecutors from across the country about trial technique, ethical and administrative issues. His daily work in the cause of serving justice is intense and impressive.

Fundamental to our vocation is the simple reality that any prosecutor, who for any substantial period of time has borne the heavy responsibility of making the difficult decisions that serve to protect the innocent, while only punishing the guilty, knows that his judgment will be questioned and that principled decisions frequently are unpopular. The challenge faced by all district attorneys is to fairly enforce our laws for everyone, without fear or favor, regardless of the popularity of any decision. Among his peers and colleagues, Sedita enjoys the reputation for doing just that with the utmost integrity and courage.

Gerald F. Mollen

Broome County District Attorney