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Misdemeanor crimes such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts

 
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Many Contra Costa crooks won't be prosecuted
(04-21) 16:41 PDT MARTINEZ -- Misdemeanor crimes such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts, the county's top prosecutor said Tuesday.

District Attorney Robert Kochly also said that beginning May 4, his office will no longer prosecute felony drug cases involving smaller amounts of narcotics. That means anyone caught with less than a gram of methamphetamine or cocaine, less than 0.5 grams of heroin and fewer than five pills of ecstasy, OxyContin or Vicodin won't be charged.

People who are suspected of misdemeanor drug crimes, break minor traffic laws, shoplift, trespass or commit misdemeanor vandalism will also be in the clear. Those crimes won't be prosecuted, either.

"We had to make very, very difficult choices, and we had to try to prioritize things. There are no good choices to be made here," said Kochly, a 35-year veteran prosecutor. "It's trying to choose the lesser of certain evils in deciding what we can and cannot do."

Barry Grove, a deputy district attorney who is president of the Contra Costa County District Attorneys Association, said, "There's no question that these kinds of crimes are going to drastically affect the quality of life for all the citizens of Contra Costa County."

The decision not to go after any perpetrators of certain offenses, Grove said, amounts to "holding up a sign and advertising to the criminal element to come to Contra Costa County, because we're no longer going to prosecute you."

Don't even bother submitting the cases, Kochly said Monday in a memo to the Contra Costa County Police Chiefs Association, representing local police chiefs. "If they are submitted, they will be screened out by category by support staff and returned to your department without review by a deputy district attorney," he wrote.

Kochly wrote that he had long taken pride in saying that his office could do "more with less."

"Unfortunately, we have now reached a point where we cannot maintain the status quo," he said. "We will definitely be doing 'less with less' as a prosecution agency."

The changes are needed to help eliminate a $1.9 million budget deficit in the district attorney's office for this fiscal year. By month's end, six deputy district attorneys will be laid off, and another 11 will have to be let go by the end of the year, Kochly said.

The county Board of Supervisors originally proposed cutting the office's budget by $4.1 million. But after Kochly argued that such a reduction would hurt his ability to prosecute petty thefts, the board used sales-tax revenue to close the gap.

Supervisor John Gioia, who represents Richmond, said the list of crimes that Kochly says he won't prosecute is far longer now than what he told the board during its budget deliberations.

"I don't think it's a good idea for the chief prosecutor in the county to inform the public at large what cases they're not going to prosecute," Gioia said.

The district attorney's decision was upsetting news to Janet Kelleghan, an employee at Donna's Gifts in Concord, which has been victimized by thieves in the past.

"If they know they're not going to be prosecuted, there's going to be a lot more shoplifting," Kelleghan said. "I'd ask them to reconsider," she said of the DA's office.

Kochly said prosecutors will still consider charging suspects with certain misdemeanors, including domestic violence, driving under the influence, firearms offenses, vehicular manslaughter, sex crimes and assault with a deadly weapon

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Re: Misdemeanor crimes such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts
Not good, as the next stop will be Mad Max.
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Re: Misdemeanor crimes such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts
I told you this would start to happen

municipalities cannot survive on less than 50% tax revenue...
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I told you this would start to happen

municipalities cannot survive on less than 50% tax revenue...

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the welfare state is going to end in a mad max state.

soon they will start letting prisoners out early everywhere.

they want to put in their police state system ASAP.
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I told you this would start to happen

municipalities cannot survive on less than 50% tax revenue...
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20 Class A joints, $5 retail + $20 excise tax could really come in handy right about now.
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There will be escalation to a prosecutable crime.
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TLDR

soudns like a rant about lower anti drug enforcements
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Is it time yet for the old Common Law courts?
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Gosh, wish this would come out where I live. I know a lot of punks that spout their mouth because they can get people mad and if they get beat up, no matter who started throwing fists first, the other guy is at least guaranteed going to jail to.
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Also, Grand Juries need no prosecutor from the city, county or state.
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Is it time yet for the old Common Law courts?
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Tell me more...
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Re: Misdemeanor crimes such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts
This can't be true.

For one, burglary is definatly not a misdemeanor offense, it's a felony. Also, "sex crimes" aren't misdemeanors.

Comparing 5 vicodin pills to a gram of cocaine or methamphetamine seems pretty off balance as well.

This whole post just smells shitty. Bull shitty...

But who knows! I for one would definatly like to see "them" do something, FINALLY, about this absurd "Drug War".. which is an area we could save untold amounts of money and even turn into a profit as far as marijuana goes. Of course, that's just my opinion, an opinion shared by a woefully small section of the country..
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Re: Misdemeanor crimes such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts
Many Contra Costa crooks won't be prosecuted
(04-21) 16:41 PDT MARTINEZ -- Misdemeanor crimes such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts, the county's top prosecutor said Tuesday.

District Attorney Robert Kochly also said that beginning May 4, his office will no longer prosecute felony drug cases involving smaller amounts of narcotics. That means anyone caught with less than a gram of methamphetamine or cocaine, less than 0.5 grams of heroin and fewer than five pills of ecstasy, OxyContin or Vicodin won't be charged.

People who are suspected of misdemeanor drug crimes, break minor traffic laws, shoplift, trespass or commit misdemeanor vandalism will also be in the clear. Those crimes won't be prosecuted, either.

"We had to make very, very difficult choices, and we had to try to prioritize things. There are no good choices to be made here," said Kochly, a 35-year veteran prosecutor. "It's trying to choose the lesser of certain evils in deciding what we can and cannot do."

Barry Grove, a deputy district attorney who is president of the Contra Costa County District Attorneys Association, said, "There's no question that these kinds of crimes are going to drastically affect the quality of life for all the citizens of Contra Costa County."

The decision not to go after any perpetrators of certain offenses, Grove said, amounts to "holding up a sign and advertising to the criminal element to come to Contra Costa County, because we're no longer going to prosecute you."

Don't even bother submitting the cases, Kochly said Monday in a memo to the Contra Costa County Police Chiefs Association, representing local police chiefs. "If they are submitted, they will be screened out by category by support staff and returned to your department without review by a deputy district attorney," he wrote.

Kochly wrote that he had long taken pride in saying that his office could do "more with less."

"Unfortunately, we have now reached a point where we cannot maintain the status quo," he said. "We will definitely be doing 'less with less' as a prosecution agency."

The changes are needed to help eliminate a $1.9 million budget deficit in the district attorney's office for this fiscal year. By month's end, six deputy district attorneys will be laid off, and another 11 will have to be let go by the end of the year, Kochly said.

The county Board of Supervisors originally proposed cutting the office's budget by $4.1 million. But after Kochly argued that such a reduction would hurt his ability to prosecute petty thefts, the board used sales-tax revenue to close the gap.

Supervisor John Gioia, who represents Richmond, said the list of crimes that Kochly says he won't prosecute is far longer now than what he told the board during its budget deliberations.

"I don't think it's a good idea for the chief prosecutor in the county to inform the public at large what cases they're not going to prosecute," Gioia said.

The district attorney's decision was upsetting news to Janet Kelleghan, an employee at Donna's Gifts in Concord, which has been victimized by thieves in the past.

"If they know they're not going to be prosecuted, there's going to be a lot more shoplifting," Kelleghan said. "I'd ask them to reconsider," she said of the DA's office.

Kochly said prosecutors will still consider charging suspects with certain misdemeanors, including domestic violence, driving under the influence, firearms offenses, vehicular manslaughter, sex crimes and assault with a deadly weapon
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Yet they throw us in jail for a kid over sixteen who quits their schools?
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I'll tell you who will be prosecuted. Middle class guys with jobs who get caught carrying without a permit, carrying because street crime is going up. Already seen it. He got thrown in the urban county jail with the dregs of society, a bunch of bangers. Lucky he came out alive.

Get yourself a concealed carry permit if you are lucky enough to live in one of the 48.
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Not much longer now.
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I found a link in the San Francisco Chronicle:

[link to www.sfgate.com]

it's legit
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That is un-fucking-believable man!!!

I cannot believe this!
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Re: Misdemeanor crimes such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts
But seriously, since when have "vehicular manslaughter, sex crimes and assault with a deadly weapon" been misdemeanors??

I know for a fact that vehicular manslaughter is a serious felony that can land a person in prison for many years, and assault with a deadly weapons is a felony too..

Maybe that's just Teeeeksuuuss...
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you ever been to richmond... the place is already madmax land.... that is scarry... free for all loot fest next
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They need to clean out the jails quick to hold all the right-wing conservatives.
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If i lived in this area i definetly not be paying any local taxes any longer. Im sure if it was looked into there is a lot of money somewhere in that community dissappearing
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the welfare state is going to end in a mad max state.

soon they will start letting prisoners out early everywhere.

they want to put in their police state system ASAP.
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No they won't. Why let prisoners out when the prisoners are only going to create havoc and extend any recovery.

It's better to just lock them in their cells and wait. The wailing they do will serve as a warning to those that would break laws in the future.
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Sometimes its hard to separate the hype from the facts. Keep in mind that these guys are probably paid anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000 a year and and are probably used to at least a 5% pay raise so the budget has to go up so they often threaten to release convicts from the prison but this is a new one. Apparently there are enough police to refer more crimes to the DA's office than can be prosecuted. I think a lot of it just may be a bad work ethic. What I've seen is the DA will charge a guy hoping he will plea bargain and then not show up at trial and its dismissed.
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gasp Damn it! That's my county!
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You can sure bet that all those traffic cases WILL be prosecuted. Easy money!
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If i lived in this area i definetly not be paying any local taxes any longer. Im sure if it was looked into there is a lot of money somewhere in that community dissappearing



you mean jobs?

surely you're not suggesting the county can't afford to prosecute minor crimes because someone stole all their tax money?

no it's because tax revenue is down so much they are on a 50% budget
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Yep, right now we are trying to save our schools in a special election.
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If i lived in this area i definetly not be paying any local taxes any longer. Im sure if it was looked into there is a lot of money somewhere in that community dissappearing



you mean jobs?

surely you're not suggesting the county can't afford to prosecute minor crimes because someone stole all their tax money?

no it's because tax revenue is down so much they are on a 50% budget
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So you are suggesting that if they had 100 percent tax revenue this would not happen?

More like 40 percent of it would be "stole" to be put into other "projects", programs and pockets.

You own this site. No way you are serious on this one.
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Re: Misdemeanor crimes such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts
So you are suggesting that if they had 100 percent tax revenue this would not happen?

More like 40 percent of it would be "stole" to be put into other "projects", programs and pockets.

You own this site. No way you are serious on this one.



umm when they have to fire prosecuting attorneys because they can't afford to pay them then yes...

100% tax revenue would allow them to pay for the prosecutors, schools, etc..

as a poster who lived there pointed out it's not just the local county prosecutors office that took huge cuts this year...
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If they were good with their money over the last, I dunno, 20 years or more and actually ran like a, even slightly, well-oiled machine instead of a bunch of fucking fat cats sucking on their pork they would not be in the mess.

Poor planning, improper spending, fraud and stealing, that is you answer, not unemployment.
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If the people won't riot, they'll use whatever they can to encourage unrest. But why not just start taking all the flouride out of the water, people are too passive.
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If the people won't riot, they'll use whatever they can to encourage unrest. But why not just start taking all the flouride out of the water, people are too passive.
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They were passive long before fluoride in the water.
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