Friday, May 05, 2006

Blunders "R" Us


In what can only be described as a terrible blunder, the Kennedy sex offender ordinance was altered to avoid double jeopardy issues by Carl Brizzi and the City-County Council yesterday.

A City-County Council panel amended a proposal Thursday to ban sex offenders from public playgrounds and other children's gathering places so it won't interfere with criminal prosecutions.

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi asked council members for the amendment so a civil penalty from the city does not restrict his ability to put sex offenders back into jail for violating conditions of their parole.

Lifetime parole conditions for sexually violent predators already prohibit them from frequenting areas where potential victims can be found. A new state law, effective July 1, makes a violation a felony offense.

Brizzi's office determined the city proposal could create a situation of "double jeopardy," where a city fine could hamper his ability to prosecute the parole violation, because a person is protected against multiple punishments for the same offense.

"We don't want the whole thing to be struck down as unconstitutional," Brizzi said.
He proposed the amendment so the fines would not apply when there's an option of criminal prosecution.

The council also doubled the initial fines. They would now begin at $600 and move to $1,000 and $2,500 for further offenses.

5 Comments:

At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl showboating, and trying to steal a good idea.

 
At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He didn't steal anything. He fix what would have been a legal nightmare for the city. Brizzi saved thousands of dollars in legal fees for the city because of Kennedy's mistake.

Why can't you just call it what it is; a mistake. Kennedy is trying to throw up these weak, unoriginal ideas to make it look like she knows how to fight crime. All she is doing is confusing a system that is tough and tested on crime.

Ideas are good, anyone can have them. It is finding good, original ideas and implementing them correctly that sets you apart. She has yet to even come up with an original idea, let alone a good one.

 
At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Tom said...

I love how every Democrat thinks Carl is showboating. He is simply letting the City and County know what he is doing to fight crime.

I also love how Democrats think Brizzi is scared.

As 3rd grade as both of those comments are, it does little to fight the crime in Indianapolis.

 
At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Ed Moriarity said...

Look at Kennedy's donors, a bunch of public defenders. They know who they want to deal with in court. Someone who has never tried a case. Kennedy probably doesn't even know which table she sits at in the court room!

 
At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Cindy said...

I can just hear the rumors in the jail. Each convict is probably trying to figure out ways to delay their trial until after the election. That way they can vote for Kennedy and then get off.

"Criminals for Kennedy"

 

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