Acting District Attorney & 2016 Candidate
For the past five years, I have been vigorously prosecuting those who do our community harm. I have been Chautauqua County’s Acting District Attorney since January 1, 2016. As your top prosecutor since January 1, I’ve put drug dealers in jail, held murderers accountable for their actions, and worked diligently with healthcare providers, the courts, health officials and law enforcement to ensure that progress is being made against the nationwide health epidemic of opiate addiction.
Under my leadership, the District Attorney’s Office office is making a difference as we handle Chautauqua County’s most serious cases.
Through the efforts of me and my office;
- A plan is being shaped, with assistance from the state and federal government, to target our opiate market in Jamestown.
- I am working with the Jamestown City Court, through the Community Court Plan, making progress on a plan to screen defendants for potential drug use in an effort to intervene early to reduce the rate of recidivism and assist with keeping the jail population manageable.
- We have a comprehensive training program that aims to train our officers to keep them up to date on law, search and seizure and how to best provide testimony.
I have the experience, competence and organizational skill to continue to serve you and be the best District Attorney for Chautauqua County today and for the future.
Having already been named the choice of the Chautauqua County Association of Chiefs of Police and Jamestown Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association for Chautauqua County District Attorney, Acting District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson announced that he has now been endorsed by the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Chautauqua County. The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association is the representative body of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies. The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association is the largest law enforcement association in the county.
MAYVILLE-A Cheektowaga man accused of attacking and attempting to kill a Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputy is maintaining his innocence.
On Monday, 21-year-old Justin Haffa appeared in Chautauqua County Court, where he was arraigned on a three-count indictment, charging him with first-degree attempted murder (A1 felony), first-degree robbery (B violent felony) and attempted aggravated assault on a police officer (C violent felony).
Having already been named the choice of the Chautauqua County Association of Chiefs of Police for Chautauqua County District Attorney, Acting Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson announced that he has now been endorsed by the Jamestown Kendall Club. The Jamestown Kendall Club is the Police Benevolent Association of the Jamestown Police Department and is comprised of retired and current members of the Jamestown Police Department.
By A.J. Rao , Post-Journal
MAYVILLE - A Jamestown man convicted of trying to strangle a victim faces up to three years in state prison.
Patrick Swanson, acting Chautauqua County district attorney, announced this week that 38-year-old Edward E. Leeper was handed an indeterminate sentence of 1to 3 years in state prison after being convicted of second-degree attempted strangulation.
Post Journal - By A.J. Rao
A high-level Jamestown dealer has been charged in what police are referring to as the "largest individual drug seizure" in the city.
On Friday, local law enforcement officials gathered in Jamestown City Hall to announce the capture of 34-year-old Juan Pacheco Jr., who was taken into custody Thursday at a 477 S. Main St. residence.
Acting Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson is the choice of the Chautauqua County Association of Chiefs of Police to remain on the job as county district attorney.
“This is one of the most important endorsements any District Attorney candidate can receive. These are the top cops of our county saying; You are the District Attorney we want to work with. I am honored and proud to accept the endorsement of the Association of Chiefs of Police for the Nov. 8 General Election,” said Swanson, the endorsed candidate of the Democrat, Independence, Working Family and Women’s Equality parties.
MAYVILLE - A Jamestown man accused of burglarizing the same Fredonia home twice in five years has been convicted of second-degree burglary.
Patrick Swanson, acting Chautauqua County district attorney, announced Thursday that 47-year-old Marcus A. Norman was convicted following an eight-day trial in Chautauqua County Court.
Swanson conducted the trial with the assistance of Andrew Molitor, assistant district attorney.
Learn about Patrick's time as an attorney first in Tennessee, followed by his time as an Assistant District Attorney in Erie County and Chautauqua County, along with his current responsibilities as Acting District Attorney in Chautauqua County.
Patrick's interview with Doc Hamels starts at about the 17 minute mark of the video and lasts for about 45 minutes.
May 3, 2016
Evan Anstey, News 4 Digital Producer
MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Fredonia man will not face charges after he shot an apparent home invader in April.
In the early hours of April 23, a homeowner on Liberty Street said a man and woman woke him up by pounding on his door.