Bostic to lead by example

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 03:28 PM

Cindy Bostic always knew she wanted to be a lawyer.

As an assistant district attorney, she has been prosecuting cases for the past 18 years — from homicides and rapes to armed robberies and child abuse.

She has tried more than 60 successful jury trials, prosecuted thousands of cases and helped hundreds of victims.

“That is the most rewarding, when you can bring closure to a family,” she said.

She wants to use her experience to serve the people of Vance, Warren, Granville and Franklin counties as district attorney for the 9th District.

Bostic is one of two running in the Democratic primary in May. She is opposed by Michael Waters. The incumbent, Sam Currin, is not seeking re-election.

Whoever wins the primary will likely take the seat. No Republicans are running in November’s general election.

Bostic is from a small rural community in eastern Virginia. She attended Radford University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

She received her law degree from Campbell University in 1995 and, shortly after, was hired as an assistant district attorney for the 9th District.

If elected, Bostic said she plans to manage the backlog of homicide cases by handling many of them personally.

“I think the people want the DA to handle the cases that they think are most important to the community, whether it’s the homicides or obtaining property,” she said. “Not every case needs to be plead out. If we have a good case, we don’t have to always offer something. If it’s good, stick to your guns; let’s go to the mat and see what a jury does. I think we need to start doing that more.”

She said she would also work to increase conviction rates for impaired driving cases, which is nearly twice the statewide rate in Vance, Granville and Warren counties.

By limiting the number of continuances and not offering reduced pleas, she said the conviction rates will rise.

She added she would continue to take a tough stance on violent crime and home break-ins.

Bostic said her biggest downfall is the attachment she develops with her clients and their families.

“You get so involved with the family because you have invested so much time with them, you want them to be informed as to what is going on and you want them to trust you,” she said. “I always tell the victim’s family the truth. I never want them to expect something that may never happen.”

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.