Former D.A. says Piecuch did his job

SUNBURY — A former district attorney says current Snyder County D.A. Michael Piecuch did the right thing taking a 1997 murder case to trial.  Former Montour County District Attorney Bob Buehner Jr. said even though the three men accused in the beating death of Donald Seebold III were acquitted, Piecuch did his job.

 

“You always get second guessed as a D.A. when the verdict comes back not guilty, but that is justice,” Buehner said.  “If you believe in the justice system, your job really is not to convict.  I mean, people want you to, and when you bring charges you do it with that goal… but your real job is to seek justice.”

 

Buehner said it is not the D.A.’s duty to convict a person; the jury makes the call.  The D.A. must just present his side of the case.  He said, “You say to a jury, ladies and gentlemen this is for you to decide.  You good 12 people are going to act as the conscious of this community.  And when they come back you just say, justice was done.  If they say not guilty, well, you don’t have to agree with it, but you must accept it.”

 

After nearly two-weeks of trial, Robert Reich, Christopher Auker and Ryan Sprenkel were each found not guilty yesterday in Snyder County Court.  Buehner was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program today.  You can download that full program online at WKOK.com.  (Codi Jade)

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