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McKeirnan seeking third term as district attorney

January 17, 2013

Warren County District Attorney Ross McKeirnan has announced his intention to seek re-election for a third term....

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Kelly14

Jan-17-13 6:23 AM

The only reason you have that 96% conviction rate is because you drop approximately 99% of the charges in every case. How many serious drug offenders, rapists, etc., have gotten nothing more than a few months in jail, if that, because you plea bargained the heck out of the case just to get your easy conviction? I'll be voting for your opponent and I know a ton of others who feel the same way! We need a fresh face in office and you need ousted. It's time someone works hard to get a conviction while upholding most of the charges against the criminal. The only thing he's worked hard at is plea bargaining to get that easy guilty plea.

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warrenpausa

Jan-17-13 7:02 AM

Ross has done a good job. Not every case needs to go to trial to get a conviction, not every case has merit. If some cases are plea bargained, saving the county court system time and money, so be it.But to state "because you drop approximately 99% of the charges in every case" is just not accurate. Often law enforcement agencies will add multiple charges knowing not all would ever stick in a hope to settle for a few. I like a DA who is an independent thinker, who gets thing done. Also Rob Greene is not the right man for this job.

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AnotherOpinion

Jan-17-13 8:45 AM

I've seen Ross in action and am thoroughly unimpressed. He's lazy and doesn't seem to really care that much. Rob Greene IS the right person for the job.

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dubedit

Jan-17-13 9:58 AM

I don't have a dog in this fight, but two terms is enough. I believe in term limits. Voters should, too.

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Riggle

Jan-17-13 10:49 AM

For some reason, I have heard Mr. McKeirnan's name come up several times lately in conversations. Without getting into specifics (like the plea bargaining, etc., etc.) I agree that a new face in the office is warranted. Mr. Green will get my vote.

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seriouslyalready

Jan-17-13 3:01 PM

I completely agree with Kelly14. I think the only thing this man knows how to say in Court is "no comment". He said he assumed the responsibility of the Victim/Witness Program, am I the only one who read the article of how they are probably going to cut that program? He does nothing for victims except for treating them worse than the bad guy. Explain to me how someone goes to court for manufacturing with intent (felony) and gets probation? See no jail time. Thanks for putting another drug dealer back on the streets Ross!!! I agree not every case needs to go to trial, but why is it that he will go to trial on an animal cruelty case but not cases that involve drug dealers?

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MTOMTO

Jan-18-13 10:45 AM

"I'll be voting for your opponent and I know a ton of others who feel the same way!"

According to WebMD the 2002 average weight of a US male was 191 pounds and US female average weight was 163 pounds. So a ton of men would be about 10.5 votes and a ton of women would be approximately 12.3 votes.

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Jaceys

Jan-19-13 2:53 PM

My trust, confidence and vote are with Rob Greene. I personally know he is honest, ethical, sober, and a good Christian plus a very dedicated family man. I assure you that if elected as you next District Attorney, he will not promote” conviction rates” above the feelings and concerns of victims and police. Plea agreements will not be first and foremost; more consideration will be given to the physical, financial and mental harm done to victims, and also the time and work invested by police. That’s part of the problem in society today… people are not being held accountable for their actions. Please, before you vote this May, go to the prothonotaries’ office and review some of his plea agreements; you’ll understand why four more years of Ross McKeirnan in Warren County is absolutely unacceptable. I really don’t know how he arrived at the conclusion that police are supporting him. I think that’s a bit presumptuous on his behalf; to date I have not seen any announcements in the Times O

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Jaceys

Jan-19-13 2:57 PM

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I really don’t know how he arrived at the conclusion that police are supporting him. I think that’s a bit presumptuous on his behalf; to date I have not seen any announcements in the Times Observer indicating whom, if any, candidate they are endorsing! In his announcement letter, he boasted of having a 96% “conviction rate”, but failed to provide an explanation of how he arrived at that figure. Statistics serve several purposes, depending upon what position you are defending. Yes, he has a high “conviction rate” because he plea bargains everything away, and when a bad guy signs a plea agreement that is a guilty plea, thereby counting as a conviction. His salary is over $150,000 a year with full medical benefits and retirement…lets elect someone who isn’t afraid to work for that money.

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