Seattle ‘Poverty Defense’ Would See Some Crimes To Go Unpunished


“I have worked to move the City Attorney’s Office away from prosecuting property crimes that appeared to be committed out of survival necessity,” he said.

Some people, though, still remained sane.

“It’s a green light for crime,” former mayoral Public Safety Advisor Scott Lindsay said.

“If you are engaged in 100 different misdemeanors that are in our criminal justice system code, you are not going to be held liable,” he said. “You are not going to be held accountable.”

It would even allow someone to steal your property to resell it so that they could pay their bills while you have to fend for yourself.

“If somebody stole a bunch of cell phones and intended to resell them to pay their rent, it would apply to that defense,” Venkatarama said.


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