Former Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel has announced his intention to seek to retake the office in November 2016.
Friedel previously spent 12 years as State’s Attorney.
In a press release announcing his candidacy, Friedel highlighted his record of prosecuting methamphetamine related offenses. He also said that his office has devoted the majority of their resources on the prosecution of major felonies, with our emphasis on sex crimes and other violent offenses.
Friedel expressed his opposition to traffic enforcement as a way to raise revenue.
“Using law enforcement to raise revenue is not an acceptable form of taxation,” Friedel said. “By and large it places police focus on otherwise law abiding citizens enforcing relatively minor offenses. There are honest to goodness criminals committing serious crimes in the community and I want to make stopping and prosecuting these offenders the number one priority of law enforcement. I want traffic enforcement to be dictated by community safety, not the desire to put cash in the government coffers.”
Friedel also said that the state’s attorney’s office has become dependent on plea bargains, noting that there have been just five jury trials since he left office.