SUNY Broome holds District Attorney Q and A forum

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UPDATE (5/8/2019) – Due to a power outage, SUNY Broome is now CLOSED on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The District Attorney Q and A forum is postponed until further notice.

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Amidst all of the political attacks of the Republican primary for DA, SUNY Broome professors are hoping to create a forum for thoughtful policy discussions.

The school’s Department of Criminal Justice is hosting District Attorney Q and A forum Wednesday evening on campus.

Professors have invited both Republican candidates, Paul Battisti and Mike Korchak, along with Democratic candidate Debra Gelson, to answer questions related to how they would operate the office if elected.

The questions were determined by the faculty and submitted to the candidates in advance.

Associate Professor Darin Schmidt says, “We have a couple of classes that hit on court-related information.  We even have a Courts And Sentencing class which has students in the courtroom attending open court sessions.  This is a great way for students to understand what happens after arrest and the steps that it takes to bring a case from an arrest to a jury trial or accept a plea bargain.”

Schmidt says the questions will largely focus on how each candidate would enact criminal justice reforms recently enacted by New York State including the reduction of cash bail and changes in discovery law and jury size.

The forum is scheduled for 4:30 to 6 PM tomorrow in Room 200 of the Applied Technology Building.

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