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Letter: McCrory’s attacks

Although I’ve tried to have thick skin, I am not immune to Mr. McCrory’s recent all-out assault on me. The most recent attack comes because of Martin Beeson’s unsolicited letter recounting an event which occurred on a Memorial Day nine years ago in which I jumped into a river and attempted to save a drowning kayaker.

I’m guilty as charged. I did jump into the river and try to save a 34-year old man. Mr. Beeson wasn’t the only witness to this event. My family was there too, and although I regrettably failed to save the man, I’m proud that my kids saw me try my best to save another human being.

McCrory has attacked me for going to Britain to extradite a murderer. I plead guilty. Sabrina Dang’s killer dumped her body in Garfield County and fled to the UK. The legal process to get him back to the U.S. was a complicated one that involved working through the U.S. Department of State, Scotland Yard and the application of a variety of legal provisions derived from extradition treaties.

I did what my boss at the time asked me to do: be the lead trial attorney for a murder case and do whatever it took to retrieve the murderer back to the U.S. for prosecution. I promised Sabrina’s family that we would seek justice for her, and I do not apologize for doing everything within my ability to do so.

Lastly, I’ve also been attacked for doing wills and estates and both of my opponents accuse me of wanting a government job. I notice these accusers either have a government job or are seeking one. I’ve helped folks with some estate planning and I’ve also done some criminal defense, real estate and business law. I continue to help clients with legal matters to this day. However, I do want to be the next elected DA, which necessarily involves having a government job. I’m guilty as charged once again.

Regardless of the attacks and the outcome of this election, I do wish both of my opponents the very best.

Jeff Cheney
New Castle

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