As a candidate for the state attorney in the 12th Judicial Circuit, Ed Brodsky vowed to continue to attack gangs, career criminals and violent lawbreakers -- all top concerns in the community. He also placed exploitation of the elderly and white collar crime high on his priority list as well as animal cruelty cases.
He's kept those pledges by forming three teams of prosecution units to focus on those specialities: violent offenses, white collar crime and animal cruelty.
The animal rights and rescue community has already applauded Brodsky for -- pardon the expression -- doggedly pursuing cases that might have been declined in the past. Animal abusers are now on notice that they will be held accountable for their crimes.
The white-collar crime division is vital in a judicial district with a large elderly population -- in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties. Seniors are constant targets. Unfortunately, this trusting population often fails to report fraud, theft and other crimes out of embarrassment.
This special unit has already convicted a former condo association manager of stealing more than $200,000 after board members alerted the office to the theft.
A half dozen prosecutors constitute the violent crime unit, a new approach only announced last week. With the recent spate of shootings in Manatee County, this development comes at a critical time.
In the Herald's editorial endorsement of his candidacy last fall, we found favor in Brodsky's deep experience as a career prosecutor and his two decades in this judicial district. We're pleased the new state attorney is living up to his promises and our hopes.