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Panel calls for new laws to combat modern crimes

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A state task force wants New York State to stop fighting 21st Century crime with 20th Century laws.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita is one of the prosecutors from across the state on the task force making recommendations to Albany to change the law to bring it up to speed with today.  He says change is needed in everything from immunity before the Grand Jury to defining what is property.

Sedita says the law doesn't  "take into account all the interesting and nefarious and inventive ways that they steal nowadays."

Sedita says the law doesn't do enough about identity theft and some times decides information is valueless even though personal information about some one can be very valuable.

He says the Penal Law also has to be changed for greater punishment of those who rip off senior citizens.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.