Joe Platania for charlottesville commonwealth’s attorney
- Joe has spent almost two decades trying serious criminal cases in both state and federal court.
- Joe treats the discretion vested in a prosecutor with respect and humility.
- Joe is supportive of reforms to certain aspects of the local criminal justice system utilizing best practices and evidence based decision making.
“Between the private life of the citizen and the public glare of criminal accusations stands the prosecutor. That state official has the power to employ the full machinery of the state in scrutinizing any given individual. Even if a defendant is ultimately acquitted, forced immersion in criminal investigation and adjudication is a wrenching disruption of everyday life. For this reason we must have assurance that those who would wield this power will be guided solely by their sense of public responsibility for the attainment of justice.”
—U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in Young v. U.S. ex rel Vuitton et Fils 481 U.S. 787 (1987)