In the past two weeks, Republican challenger Cara Briggs, a former prosecutor in the D.A.'s office, has twice lambasted her opponent, incumbent Democrat Michael Green, saying that conviction statistics show his office is failing the public. Green has countered that Briggs, who spent 17 years as an assistant district attorney, is twisting the numbers.
criticism is fair and she
is not wielding tough-to-fathom data about the D.A.'s
Green has touted a better-than-90 percent conviction rate in "superior court prosecutions" while Briggs
says a more telling number is that 35 percent of felony arrests end in conviction.
said cases of that sort should not be considered successes.
said, prosecutors in the office are loath to pursue tough cases and present them to grand juries because of what she
sees as "an emphasis of statistics over justice."
That's why, she
said, the more revealing statistic is the percentage of felony arrests that end in conviction.
"Thirty-five percent is just appalling," she
Last week, Briggs
, using statistics from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services
said that Monroe County has one of the worst rates of violent felony prosecutions in New York.
Outside of New York City, the rate of 69.1 percent is the fifth-worst among New York counties, according to DCJS data from 2006.
"Where we rank compared to other counties is bad," she
Whatever the merit of the dueling data, Briggs
would likely concur with a statement by Green: "No one percentage can tell you how a D.A.'s
office is doing."
is a mature woman with a lengthy legal background; she
is also a mother of three (oldest 22 - so, she's
not just some kid) and she
has an impressive background.Though she
is currently Assistant Counsel for the Rochester City School District
(Department of Law), she
was Assistant District Attorney in Rochester from 1988 until 2005 and personally prosecuted over 2,000 Felony cases (many more than Mike Green); also 16 Homicides.In addition, Cara Briggs has also been Deputy Chief for the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau and DA representative for the Advisory Committee to IMPACT.
We really need some changes in Rochester and bringing in new blood, like Cara Briggs
, is part of the solution.
offers the best opportunity for change - she
has experience, is beyond political "games" and is enormously "qualified".She's
a guarantee that someone COMPETENT will be in the DA's office.
louisrichardsPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:01 pm
How old is Cara Briggs
and what does shoe look like?Does she
have a myspace page?If shes decent looking shes got my vote.For too long, women have been descriminated against, she
deserves an opportunity.
bjorn_nitmouPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:54 am
I have to agree with Briggs
...Cara Briggs would work well as D.A. for Monore County seeing how she has worked in Domestic Violence Dept and was A.D.A. prior to running.
, I SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY!!!
has worked as an ADA for almost two decades.She
knows what works and what doesn't work.The District Attorney's office is in need of change, Cara Briggs
is will bring with her
experience, perspective, new ideas and an aggressive approach!