Topeka, Kan., has repealed its domestic violence law.
We probably don't have to say any more. Your blood's already boiling. We'll ask those of you with blood pressure problems to step away from the computer (or click to the next Sex Feed!), ’cause in true Sex Feed form, it only goes downhill from here.
It started with a budget dispute. Yeah, that's right. DV was made legal in Topeka over money. With all that's going on in the U.S. right now, did you expect anything less?
As it turns out, there's a 10 percent budget cut to the prosecution office for Shawnee County in 2012 in the works. District Attorney Chad Taylor says the cut will force him to lay off staff and be more selective about cases he prosecutes. And among the first to go are the misdemeanor DV cases. (Felony cases will still be prosecuted.)
This leaves Topeka with the bag, and they've decided not to take it. Instead, the city put a repeal of their DV law to vote and got it passed. DV is now … not as illegal in Topeka, though there is a state criminal law on domestic violence.
Of course, the city council is defending its position. They say that their move forces the state to prosecute these cases. Problem is—the state's not prosecuting. Thirty-five people have been charged with DV since September in Topeka. None of the charges are being pursued and eighteen of the alleged offenders have already been released.
“I absolutely do not understand it,” Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said after the vote. “It’s really outrageous that they’re playing with family safety to see who blinks first. People could die while they’re waiting to straighten this out.”
We concur. Seems the politicians all over these United States have forgotten who they're here for: The people.