NY’s AG calls for legal system reforms

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York’s Attorney General took to the pen and podium Monday to show his support of a reformed legal system. His goal is restoring public trust in the fairness of the reviewing process of cases.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was joined by a coalition of his elected peers as he announced the letter he penned to Governor Andrew Cuomo. He proposed Cuomo write an executive order which would have the Office of the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute cases of police killing unarmed civilians.

If he has his way, Schneiderman’s order would expire once New York’s Legislature passes permanent legislation regarding the issue. He said they couldn’t wait for the legislature to enact something new, but an executive order would bridge the gap.

Schneiderman’s letter explained his reasoning behind his calls. He wrote that New Yorkers feel it’s unfair to allow District Attorneys locally to be tasked with prosecuting police they work closely with. He said there’s a conflict of interest there, and NY law currently supports the governor signing specific cases over to be investigated by the Attorney General’s office.

Schneiderman’s letter to Cuomo can be viewed here.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita, who is also the President of NYS District Attorney’s Association, said he is willing to talk about the issue with Schneiderman, but is concerned there may be legal issues accompanying treating police officers differently from normal citizens.

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