Sandra Doorley

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The executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union said Friday that the organization was investigating comments made by the head of its Rochester chapter that were construed by many to be a threat against employees of the Monroe County District Attorney's Office.

The remarks were made a day earlier by Iman Abid-Thompson, the director of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the NYCLU during a small protest outside of the District Attorney's Office in which she said into a microphone, "We know your names. We know where your children go to school."

Protesters march on DA Doorley’s office

Oct 22, 2020
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A few dozen protesters marched to the office of Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley in downtown Rochester on Thursday, demanding both her resignation and that charges against protesters arrested in previous demonstrations be either dropped or reduced.

Organized by Free the People Roc, about 30 people marched from City Hall to the District Attorney’s Office on Fitzhugh Street. The demonstration was peaceful from both the side of protesters and police, and no arrests were made.

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Mayor Lovely Warren and two of her political associates, including the finance director for the city of Rochester, have been indicted on felony charges connected to campaign finance violations alleged to have occurred during Warren’s 2017 re-election run, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office made public on Friday.

The three of them face two charges, including illegal coordination between political committees for the purpose of evading donor limits and participating in a scheme to defraud in the first degree.


A political action committee backed by liberal billionaire philanthropist George Soros dumped nearly $1 million into Democrat Shani Curry Mitchell's unsuccessful bid to unseat Republican Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley, new campaign finance records show.

That Soros had invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race through the committee, New York Justice & Public Safety PAC, had been reported in the weeks leading up to the election.

Doorley fends off Curry Mitchell in DA's race

Nov 5, 2019
Max Schulte / WXXI News

This year’s Monroe County district attorney race smoldered through August and September, but suddenly turned into a blaze last month.

The hard-fought contest saw Republican incumbent Sandra Doorley challenged by Democrat Shani Curry Mitchell, who served under her as a prosecutor for more than five years. Doorley will hang on to the job, though, after pulling in 56% of the vote.

District attorney’s race is about justice

Oct 2, 2019

Justice is a malleable term, but fundamentally and conceptually, it is about fairness, both for people accused of crimes and people who are victims of them.

The Monroe County district attorney’s race illustrates just how subjective justice is, as a concept and as a practice. The two candidates converge on some issues and diverge on others.

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Some people accused of crimes in Monroe County will be diverted away from jails and into mental health care under a program that began this week.

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies now have the option to refer people accused of misdemeanors or low-level violations to a behavioral clinic instead of booking them into jail.

If people referred to the clinic complete their treatment course, run by Rochester Regional Health at its St. Mary’s campus, the charges will never be filed.

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From 2010 through 2018, there were nearly 10 black people arrested for low-level drug offenses in the city of Rochester for every one white person. The numbers are the same for low-level drug convictions in Monroe County.

That data is from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and is included in a new brief from local cannabis advocacy group Roc NORML.

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Sandra Doorley announces she will run for reelection of Monroe County District Attorney as a Republican.

Doorley says she made the party switch for personal reasons, and that her values are more closely aligned with the Republican Party of Monroe County.

"I believe that this change allows me to focus on really what is truly important, and what is important is keeping your families safe, keeping your streets safe, in an environment where my work is valued and supported."