Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00
This is a letter in support of the re-election of Judge Richard McCord as Glen Cove City Court Judge. Over the period from 1998 through 2006, I worked for Judge McCord as his law secretary and as the Teen Court coordinator. During that time I observed Judge McCord as he interacted with prosecutors, defense attorneys, plaintiffs and defendants, and courtroom observers.
While often justifiably angered by the crimes committed against innocent victims and citizens of Glen Cove, Judge McCord always focused on the possibility of redemption as well as punishment; his goal was to stop future crimes as well as punish those guilty of present-day offenses. To that end, young offenders would be given sentences that gave them the ability to learn from their mistakes; those older who had made one bad decision would not have their otherwise exemplary lives ruined as a consequence.
In sum, justice was tempered with mercy and compassion, and an understanding that everyone makes mistakes. It was for this reason that Judge McCord created the Teen Court program, the first of its kind in Nassau County, and focused on “Education as the Best Form of Crime Prevention.”
By having students from local high schools act as judges, jurors and attorneys for sentencing hearings involving teenage offenders accused of minor offenses, Judge McCord allowed teens to see the type of behavior that could lead to destructive decisions and life-changing consequences. I know for a fact that many lives were changed because of this program. I encourage the voters of Glen Cove to re-elect Judge McCord on Nov. 6 so that he may continue to serve the people of the city with honor and compassion.
Susan Altamore Carusi, Esq