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November 06, 2009



Let's think about this a little bit:

1) The DC Government is now in a fiscal crisis, and the DC Office of Attorney General has had to lay off lawyers and staff to the point where it can no longer handle many of its duties. Holmes-Norton's great idea: Make the District pay for criminal law enforcement too! Great -- maybe she'd like to tell us which schools or youth rec centers she proposes to close so that we can afford that...?

2) The DC Government is notoriously bad at criminal enforcement, as indicated by Colbert King's (terrific) columns on DC's utterly dysfunctional Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. (Yes, that's the department that believes their job is to keep juvenile delinquents on the streets, essentially unsupervised, until they either kill or get killed.) Homes-Norton's brilliant idea: Put District hacks in charge of the rest of criminal enforcement as well.

3) District government is the scene of constant in-fighting, including such glories as council members' explicitly racist reasoning in refusing to confirm a recent parks appointment. Holmes-Norton's brilliant response: Put the same dysfunctional government in charge of law enforcement.

Count me as one DC voter who doesn't want to vote for a chief law enforcement officer for this city -- and doesn't want to pay or cut necessary services to replace the US Attorney's Office. Frankly, the federal government serves us better than a local prosecutor would. Sometimes, you gotta give up doctrinaire posturing and think about real-world consequences.

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