The soul has greater need of the ideal than the real for it is by the real that we exist, it is by the ideal that we live

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Know fear

So really what's the difference now between Somalia and the United States? We're apparently no longer going to prosecute people for crimes...Because we can't afford it.

It really is all about money isn't it?

Those who've been charged with domestic battery aren't always guilty, just as those who commit other crimes aren't always guilty.  But the investigation needs to take place to determine that. And that's our responsibility, just as it's our responsibility to  take care of those marginalized by society.  i.e. see to it that they have adequate food and shelter.  

But the current mindset in our culture is to make them fend for themselves, therefore we have more homeless, more people waiting until they're too sick to be helped by medicine at all, and families not able to protect themselves mow apparently will have mo champion. bigoted as you think!

Unless, of course, you can pay for it yourself.


Topeka considers decriminalizing domestic battery

Posted by Ben Palosaari on Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 1:49 PM 

In news that seems more likely to be coming out of Somalia than Kansas, Topeka's City Council is considering repealing the city ordinance regarding domestic battery. Yes, they're looking at decriminalizing domestic battery. But don't worry! They're doing it for a good reason: to save money. See, Topeka still wants abusive family members to be charged with crimes, but Topeka just doesn't want to pay for prosecuting these jerks. If domestic battery is no longer covered under city law, then arrested asses would have to be charged by the Shawnee County District Attorney's Office. Problem is, the DA says it's too broke to try wife beaters, too. Really. This is happening in America.

The whole kerfuffle over footing the bill to carry out justice for battered family members started in September when Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announced that the county could no longer afford to pursue misdemeanor charges in Topeka, including domestic battery. This left the city to take on the cases, and with a tight budget and a city attorney's office that hasn't handled a domestic-violence case in more than a decade, it was ill-prepared to do so. In the first week after Taylor made his announcement, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that 30 domestic-battery cases were rejected, and three suspects were released and presumably returned home because no charges were brought. Really. This happened in America.
Taylor told Topeka that his office would resume handling domestic-violence cases if the city gave his office $350,000. But he can't make that kind of arrangement without the Shawnee County Commission's approval. That's the entity that slashed Taylor's budget by 10 percent to set up this disaster. So, that has left the Topeka City Council to consider the work-around of decriminalizing domestic battery, leaving Taylor to take the cases without the budget to handle them. Mayor Bill Bunten told the council: "The question is who prosecutes them, the municipal court or the district court, and who pays for it, the city or the county or a combination?" Really, we're bickering over who pays to protect battered family members. In America.

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