Stone County prosecutor Matt Selby was recently elected president of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Selby, will lead the Association that represents the 115 elected prosecutors in the state for the next year.
"There are some specific things that we hope to accomplish this year as an organization including getting the criminal code revision through the legislature," said Selby.
Another priority for Selby is getting legislation passed that deals with offenders under the age of 18 who are charged with first-degree murder. A Supreme Court ruling last year says those offenders cannot be sentenced to life without parole or the death penalty. This is a cause Selby is passionate about as he is dealing with two offenders who were 15 and 16 years-old when they allegedly murdered Paul and Susan Brooks near Lampe in January of this year.
"Overall, however, I am passionate about the role that prosecutors play in society. First, we are in the unique position that our job is to seek justice. Justice is based on finding the truth. I want to help make sure that prosecutors have the tools to best find the truth so that we can do justice in the cases we prosecute. That means convicting the guilty and protecting the innocent."
Selby says continuing education and training play a large role in protecting the community. "I want to do the best I can in this leadership role with MAPA to try to make sure that prosecutors have training, knowledge and resources they need to successfully prosecute cases."
"Prosecutors are in a position to truly help people, whether that is as a victim of a crime, a drug addiction or just protecting society from evil, violent, dangerous people," said Selby.
He says an important part of successful prosecution is having resources such as victim advocates, drug courts, counseling, domestic violence shelters, Child Advocacy Centers, and other agencies available and working together to provide services for victims and defendants.