District Attorney says his office treats all equally, even celebrities

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said he is not trying to “hide the ball from the public” regarding allegations of rape against Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane.

Talking with reporters in Buffalo Wednesday he said it would not be fair to the people involved to discuss the facts of any criminal investigation.

“What happens if that investigation clears somebody?” he said. “That person cannot get their reputation back. That person will always have a cloud over their head.”

He said the risk is even greater for a person who has a high-profile.

At the same time he says his office treats everyone equally, regardless of a person’s celebrity status.

“There’s no statutes that I’m aware of that says the law is different because of what your occupation is, or how fast you can swing a bat, or how well you can stick-handle, or throw a ball.”

The DA says in the world of social media people are quick to draw conclusions based on rumor, innuendo, theory, and speculation.

“I am absolutely astounded by how quickly people come to opinions and how they pour concrete so fast, without having one single fact upon which to base that opinion.”

He said the decision whether or not to prosecute somebody for a high crime is “as serious as a heart attack.” Everything besides the facts, he said, is “fluff.”

As the investigation continues, video game company EA Sports released a statement Monday, saying Kane will no longer be a spokesperson for EA Sports NHL ’16. They say he will not appear on the cover of EA Sports NHL ’16, either.


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