JAMESTOWN – The Republican candidate for Chautauqua County District Attorney joined WNYNewsNow on Friday to talk about his “victims first” agenda.
Candidate Jason Schmidt says his agenda seeks to recognize the often-forgotten people who have been the targets of some of the most serious crimes by vowing to meet with each of them and their families personally and to prosecute those cases himself.
Schmidt, who began his professional career as a caseworker in Brooklyn for New York City’s Child Welfare Administration, says he saw countless cases of crimes against children, and he, himself, has been the victim of violent crime.
These experiences led him to attend law school and eventually become a prosecutor in Chautauqua County where he secured convictions against violent criminals including child sex offenders.
“My reason for becoming a lawyer was to help the most vulnerable, the victims who had nowhere to turn,” recalled Schmidt. “As a trial attorney with literally hundreds of trials under my belt working both sides of the justice system, I want to put my experience to work for those who need it most.”
“Victims shouldn’t be dragged through the process only to hear the words, “NOT GUILTY” or “MISTRIAL.” My experience and training over the last 20 years have taught me how to put a case together and present it to the jury, so victims aren’t re-victimized in the courtroom and criminals are held accountable,” furthered Schmidt.
Viewers can watch the full video interview with Schmidt in the embedded video above, or, by clicking here.