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Cheryl Green's sorry scorecard

It's spring training and time I started brushing up on keeping a scorecard.

The Bisons aren't back in town yet, so I've gotta practice on something else.

What's an outraged blogger to do?

Ah, I've got it.

Cheryl green, county attorney County Attorney Cheryl Green has been fighting federal officials tooth and nail, trying to keep them out of the Erie County Holding Center, otherwise known as Suicide Central.

How's she doing?

First, she lost a motion to dismiss a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit challenging conditions at the county Holding Center.

Next, she lost a motion that sought to dismiss a Justice Department request for expedited discovery to gain access to the Holding Center to examine its suicide prevention efforts.

Then she lost a lawsuit filed by the state Commission of Correction seeking to compel Sheriff Tim Howard  to operate the holding center in a "safe, stable and humane manner."

Why the nerve of the state.

Green went one for three in federal court Wednesday, as reported by Matt Spina.

The judge rejected her demand that she sit in on Justice Department interviews with inmates scheduled for next week. Ditto for her motion that would have required DOJ consultants to formally depose county employees in order to ask them about suicide prevention efforts.

The judge did uphold her demand for depositions when DOJ attorneys, rather than consultants, do the questioning.

Let's see, that makes her one for six.

With that batting average -- .167, for the record -- she'd be headed for the minors if she was playing for the Bisons.

The low minors, at that.

I guess that explains why Green's boss, County Executive Chris Collins, gave her the OK to retain an outside law firm at $425 an hour to handle the Justice Department's suit against the county for conditions at the Holding Center.

With her batting average, would you want Green handling your legal affairs?

I mean, District Attorney Frank Sedita is no dummy, and, while entitled to the representation of the county attorney when sued by former Assistant DA Mark Sacha, he essentially said "thanks, but no thanks" and hired his own counsel.

By the way, since she began her legal jihad -- no doubt with Collins' approval, and, probably encouragement -- five inmates have hanged themselves at the Holding Center. Little wonder that the center's suicide rate is almost five times the national average for county jails. 

But I'll give her credit for what's being dubbed the "Extreme Jail Makeover."

On second thought, the cleanup is akin to wiping away fingerprints at a crime scene.


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