Politicians Compete for … Lack of Jurisdiction Over Misdemeanor Domestic Violence

County in Kansas suffers budget cuts, which in turn leads to budget cuts to County prosecutor’s office.

As a result, the County prosecutor’s office proclaims that it will no longer prosecute municipal misdemeanors, leaving those to the City to prosecute.

The City asserts that it cannot afford to prosecute those cases either and that the City’s attorneys have no experience in prosecuting such crimes.

So, misdemeanor domestic battery everywhere within the County goes unpunished and undeterred … for a month now.

In fact, the City may actually decriminalize domestic violence to deprive itself of jurisdiction over such crimes, in the hope that the County’s jurisdiction will fill the vacuum.

So far, all domestic violence suspects arrested by city police in the last month have been released.

Read more in this Yahoo Lookout piece: Suspected domestic abusers go free as Topeka city, county officials bicker over funds.