District attorney general race heats up

(WMC-TV) - The race for District Attorney General is definitely heating up with both candidates making it their mission to help provide equal justice for all, especially juveniles.

The battle for the seat in the August general election may be the most tightly contested local races this year.

Amy Weirich, is a Republican and the incumbent candidate.

"I am a veteran prosecutor, but a very novice politician, so I'm not talking anything for granted and working very hard," said Weirich, Shelby County District Attorney General.

Carol Chumney is a Democrat, who has been a fixture in state and local politics since the early 1990s.

"As a district attorney general, I will be able to bring my experience in making laws, but I will also work to enforce the laws," said Chumney, district attorney general candidate.

While the district attorney decides who gets prosecuted and for what, both women will be focusing their attention on children's rights, especially when it comes to the juvenile court system.

The Justice Department recently released a scathing report on the state of the juvenile courts.

"They had problems with due process in terms of making sure they knew what children were charged with. They had instances where prosecutors would go into the detention hearing without knowing what the charges were for the children," said Chumney.

"There are references to everybody that works in juvenile court, the DA's office is not in charge if juvenile court. The DA's office doesn't dictate the procedures and practices of juvenile court. We work there prosecuting those that are accused of committing a crime," explained Weirich.

"I'm not saying it's just the DA's office that's responsible. I'm just saying as DA I can fix that piece of it," said Chumney.

The August general election will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2012.

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