|Letter to the Editor|
Much has been written recently about the election for the Oswego County Court Judge position this autumn. I encourage voters to realize and seriously consider the issue of a potential conflict of interest.
These words were spoken by future Republican President Theodore Roosevelt.
Mr. Todd seems to downplay the significance of this conflict issue, are these then, the rationalizations of an influential, powerful, smart man? The issue is, however, compounded by the fact that, if elected judge, he cannot preside over cases involving people who he previously prosecuted.
I imagine that he has handled hundreds of cases during his employment in the district attorney’s office. Therefore, with the high degree of repeat offenders involved in criminal cases, there will be a high number of potential cases that he will not be able to handle as well.
Do the good voters of Oswego County want to elect a person who effectively cannot serve? Will there be legal challenges to a Todd judgeship? Are we to continue the political tradition of rewarding party loyalty above all else?
Good politics does not necessarily translate into good judgeships. I urge all voters to consider the above noted issues as they prepare to cast their ballots this fall. Thank you very much.
Kenneth R. Stevens
Monday, September 13, 2010
Donald Todd --- Conflict of interest?
Posted by Oswego Democrat at 7:08 AM