From Ralph Hipp
Topeka's legal issues with prosecuting domestic battery cases is nowhere near being over, although Chad Taylor would like us to believe the controversy is nearing its end. The City of Topeka is very fortunate that (to the best of our knowledge) no woman or child was reported as a victim of a beating or domestic assault. No one was brought forward to a news conference by any of the sexual and domestic violence groups decrying Taylor's decision to drop prosecutions, because he had no money for it.
There's been plenty of news coverage in Topeka and around the nation on "the angle" that Topeka ran out of money to prosecute battery cases, but my question is this.
If no one was actually attacked since all this developed September 8th, what does this tell us about the human psychology of living in a city where a man could not be charged with beating his wife?
I'd appreciate reading your opinions on society enforcing laws as a deterrent to committing crimes against our fellow citizens. At this week's Crimestoppers banquet, two of its founding board members said in this day and age of text tips and cell phone cameras, they hope that bad guys thinking of committing a robbery or burglary, would think twice if they knew there was a good chance they'd be charged and sent to jail because they were sure someone would blow the whistle on them.
For more than a month, Topeka had no deterrent, no barrier to keep someone from being punished for domestic battery. How did we ever get away with that?