On Tuesday, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said, “We are all deeply saddened by the passing of retired Niagara County Court Judge Matt Murphy. Judge Murphy had a distinguished career as both a Niagara County Court judge and district attorney, and served in those positions with honor and dignity. I had the pleasure to work closely with Judge Murphy and know that, beyond his roles as a public servant, he was a just a genuine person who really cared for those around him. Even if you disagreed with him, you know that his decisions came from a place of trying to do what he believed was right.
“On behalf of the Niagara County Legislature, we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, family and to all those who were lucky enough to call him a friend.”
District Attorney Brian Seaman said, “Judge Murphy served 16 years as district attorney. He was an extraordinary leader who significantly modernized the office, including placing a focus on prosecution of domestic violence and DWI crimes. Judge Murphy was also an excellent trial lawyer, and never stopped working on cases himself. I put my first big case into the Grand Jury under his guidance and learned so much from him. Above all else, I think Judge Murphy would want to be (remembered) as a man of unwavering integrity. He always did what he thought was right, and sometimes paid a price for it. I’m sorry that he didn’t get to enjoy the retirement that he so greatly earned for longer. He will be sorely missed by the legal community of Niagara County, and the community at large. Rest in peace Judge Murphy.”