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A “Law and Order” Election: The Criminal Justice System and Political Discourse

October 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

In current polls, the criminal justice system is one of the top three issues Americans are concerned about in the upcoming elections. The American Council on Germany and Heidelberg University Association are proud to feature Staten Island NY District Attorney, former U. S. Congressman, and Heidelberg alumnus Michael McMahon in conversation with Annett Meiritz, a U.S. Correspondent for the Handelsblatt Media Group based in Washington DC. Please join us for a discussion on the unprecedented way in which decisions being made by local police and prosecutors are taking on a national dimension.

Upon taking office in 2016, District Attorney Michael McMahon made it a priority to transform the Richmond County DA’s Office (RCDA) into a modern prosecutor’s office focused on precision prosecution, problem-solving crime prevention, and bridge building between law enforcement and the communities it protects.

Mr. McMahon has utilized his broad and deep experience in law and public service to implement and pursue the issues he promised Staten Islanders to address. He has successfully attacked the Island’s criminal justice issues: From the opioid epidemic to traditional street crime and gun violence; from domestic violence to economic crime; from crimes against our children to assaults on women and seniors, and even creating a new unit to protect animals. He continues to work with partners in law enforcement, especially our police officers and detectives, to drive down crime numbers and keep Staten Islanders safer.

Prior to serving as District Attorney, Mr. McMahon was extremely active in a career serving the people of Staten Island on the local, city, state, and federal levels. In 2001, he successfully ran for the North Shore City Council seat where he served for three terms. In November 2008, he was elected to represent Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives.

DA McMahon studied at Universität Heidelberg from 1980-1982 and was at the the Institut für Deutsch als Fremdsprache Philologie.

Annett Meiritz is the U.S. Correspondent for Germany‘s leading business, trade and finance daily Handelsblatt. She covers the US-Administration and Congress, usually with an economic angle. Previously she worked as Parliamentary Correspondent for Germany‘s leading news portal Spiegel Online, based in Berlin. She holds a B.A. degree in Modern History and Media Science and was educated to be a Journalist at Berlin Journalism School.


October 8, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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