From Friday’s Post-Standard courts column:
Onondaga County DA Bill Fitzpatrick may not like criticism, but he doesn’t turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to it…At last week’s annual luncheon of the District Attorney’s Advisory Council… Fitzpatrick took note of a recent letter to the editor in this newspaper. The writer questioned why Fitzpatrick, as a fellow Catholic, saw the need to “vilify” Shirley Winters in his comments after Winters recently pleaded guilty to smothering her infant son in 1980. The writer encouraged Fitzpatrick to be “more charitable” in his heart to those he brought to justice.
Fitzpatrick shared with the DAAC luncheon gathering the faith-based letter he said he wrote back. He turned to the Bible and the New Testament writing of St. Matthew for his response: “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea,” Fitzpatrick quoted.
Hope he’s familiar with Matthew 7:21-23 as well.