Former New York judge and prosecutor Leslie Crocker Snyder, who is challenging Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, is trying to deal carefully with the age issue. Snyder, 63, says of Morgenthau, “New Yorkers deserve a D.A. who will bring the office into the 21st century,” reports The Village Voice. Snyder has forced Morgenthau’s office to confront uncomfortable issues, such as a slow response to evidence indicating that two men may have been wrongfully convicted for a 1990 murder at the old Palladium nightclub.
The Voice says that for a judge who used tough language from the bench, Snyder is thin-skinned when pressed about her own views and business affairs, ranging from her varying positions on the drug laws, handling of cases, and even her current employment. Her law firm, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, donated $300,000 to her campaign, and she does not handle any clients. Her work consists of representing the firm at meetings and television appearances, training, and consulting.