NORWICH – The Chenango County District Attorney's Office hired a new attorney earlier this month, a lawyer who says he plans to use his 28 years of legal experience to benefit the county, and help to ensure each case is handled fairly for every victim and defendant.
In an interview with First Assistant District Attorney James Snashall on Monday, he described his work in the legal field, his philosophy regarding the fair treatment of defendants throughout the criminal justice system, and his reasons for joining the Chenango County District Attorney's Office.
"I was born and raised in Broome County, I went to Chenango Valley High School and then to Binghamton University," said Snashall. "I graduated from Binghamton University with honors and then I went to the only state law school in New York State – SUNY Buffalo."
Snashall said since his graduation at SUNY Buffalo he has worked in a number of legal positions including as a administrative judge, as a member of a special litigation unit for New York City Office of Corporation Council, and as an Assistant District Attorney focused on financial crimes in Broome County.
"If you get a conviction without having a fair trial first, you've really lost," said Shashall. "You want to make sure the accused is treated fairly, it's their constitutional right."