Brooks Patterson: Leyton “Not Getting Job Done.”
Leyton’s “Wholesale …. Rampant” Plea bargaining
“Rewards the Criminals and Insults the Victim.”
In a new television ad for Attorney General candidate Bill Schuette, former longtime Oakland County Prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson said that Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton “is not getting the job done” when it comes to fighting crime.
Patterson took direct aim at Leyton’s use of plea deals and plea bargaining.
“Plea bargaining rewards the criminal and insults the victim,” Patterson said.
Patterson’s ad made reference to the fact that Flint, the county seat of Genesee, is the 4th most violent city in America, according to FBI statistics.
Flint has recorded 50 homicides so far this year, more than one per week. Several community leaders have publicly called for the National Guard to be deployed to help stem the tide of violence.
Patterson concluded his remarks by saying that “Citizens ought to detest that process” of plea bargaining, and yet “David Leyton’s made a career of it.”
A copy of the ad is available for viewing at www.billschuette.com
Ad Transcript (L. Brooks Patterson):
Flint is my neighboring community and unfortunately it is 4th in America when it comes to murders -- 50 murders so far this year.
Crime is out of control.
And there’s one person in charge, that’s the prosecuting attorney, and that’s David Leyton.
He’s not getting the job done and one of the reasons he’s not getting the job done is because of his wholesale, rampant plea bargaining.
Plea bargaining rewards the criminal and insults the victim.
We citizens ought to detest that process and yet David Leyton’s made a career of it.