Ray the D.A. – Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney

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Ray: Hello crime fighters. I’m Ray the D.A., and we’re here on Straight Talk again, and I’m here with Amber Freeman. Our guest today is Lou Anna Red Corn who is the Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney. Now, welcome.
Lou Anna Red C.: Thank you, Ray.
Ray: We’re at the big deal desk. This reminds when I graduated to the adult’s table at Thanksgiving.
Amber Freeman: Are you still there? You still busy?
Ray: You know, I never did like her. Lou Anna, you’ve been a Commonwealth’s Attorney now for a little over a year. So tell me, how’s it going?
Lou Anna Red C.: I think it’s going well. It’s busy. There’s been a few surprises. I mean, I was somewhat familiar with the job, having been with you for 30 years. But it’s challenging.
Ray: What’s been the biggest surprise moving from, first, assistant where you had some administrative duties, but now you got it all.
Lou Anna Red C.: I think one of the biggest surprises is that when you’re Commonwealth’s Attorney, you’re Commonwealth’s Attorney 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it’s demanding. I didn’t realize just how demanding it was, beyond just personnel and supervision and things like that. Just the responsibility that you have to the community. The grand juries call in the weekend when one of them is sick or there’s call-outs where we have vehicular homicides or homicides out in the county and I go. So it’s far more demanding than I realized it would be.
Ray: One of the issues that Amber has raised is, how capable are we? Now I’m a civilian now. Amber’s a news reporter, anchor. So, how capable are we to go to a scene and not necessarily film things, but to go and see what happens at a scene?
Lou Anna Red C.: I don’t know what you mean by capable. I mean, can you come to a scene? Is that what you’re asking?
Ray: Yeah, that’s the question.
Lou Anna Red C.: Well, the news does show up. I mean, there’s certainly perimeters where they have to stay, and you certainly can’t do anything to interfere with the police investigation. But if things are out in the public, they’re out in the public.
Ray: But shall we do that sometime?
Amber Freeman: Just go make a visit? Well, we do it all the time.
Lou Anna Red C.: Right.
Amber Freeman: You’re definitely welcome to do it right along.
Ray: Oh thank you.
Amber Freeman: We’ll allow it.
Ray: That’d be good. That’d be good.
Lou Anna Red C.: Just don’t ask to come into the scene.
Amber Freeman: Or cause the scene.
Ray: You know Tim Rustle. Tim Rustle told me, “Don’t come in here till we’re done.”
Lou Anna red C.: And I never go in until they’re done.
Ray: What are the challenges you’re looking at?
Lou Anna Red C.: Well, as you have said many, many times, one of the primary responsibilities of government is to protect its citizens. So, public safety, and keeping the public safe is always a challenge. We convict people. We intend for them to go to prison on many occasions and keeping them in for prison to keep the public safe for that period of time is a challenge.
Amber Freeman: You talk about keeping the public safe. What kind of crime issues is Lexington is facing?
Lou Anna Red C.: Well, I mean, you need to pick up the paper to see that we have crime issues, just like any community. As Ray pointed out over the years, it’s a small number of people that commit the most number of crimes. That’s the people that we need to be focusing on. If we can keep those people locked up, at least for the period of time that’s appropriate, then they’re not out committing crime.
Amber Freeman: And Ray, I’m surprised you didn’t catch me on that grammatical error there.
Ray: Well, people spend a lot time than to spend a lot of times these days talking about criminals. What can we do for the criminals? And in the process, they seem to forget about crime victims and public safety. How can we kind of refocus that? Because we got about 40 seconds to tell them.
Lou Anna Red C.: well, let me tell you about one of the things I’ve done to refocus, and that is, since I’ve become Commonwealth’s Attorney, I’ve established a special victim’s unit. So this is a unit of seven attorney who will handle all of the child sexual abuse, domestic violence, adult sexual assault, exploitation of children, the elderly and human trafficking. They won’t just do those cases because there’s not enough, but they focus on those cases. This is good. This is good for keeping offenders accountable and it’s very good for victims.
Ray: I’ve seen it in action and you’re doing a good job and I’m really proud of you, and Lexington ought to be proud of you. We’ll see you next time crime fighters. And don’t forget, they’re going to tell you right now that they are not responsible for what I said on this show. I don’t get it. See you next time.