In the latest edition of Repealing The 20th century, wife beaters are getting off free in Kansas.
The city of Topeka hasn’t been prosecuting people suspected of domestic violence for the past month. City and county officials are caught up in a fight over who’s supposed to pay for it, giving a get out of jail free card to domestic abusers.
Last month, Shawnee County district attorney Chad Taylor decided his office would no longer take legal action against those suspected of misdemeanors, which includes domestic violence. He credited a 10-percent budget cut as the rationale behind ditching these cases, effective immediately.
Taking an even more drastic step, next week city officials plan “fix” the problem by voting on a measure to change city code banning domestic battery. That could potentially force the county to pick up their slack.
The county continues to argue it’s not in their jurisdiction to do so.
Red tape and its best, all while victims are currently turned away and their attackers ride off into the sunset.