Saturday, January 8, 2005
The Chicago Tribune has a story about an offender suffering from serious mental illness who has assaulted numerous persons but is still free. "While Cook has been convicted twice of misdemeanor battery, in 1998 and 2001, the legal system has done little to stop him, a Tribune review of court documents shows. The system is simply ill-equipped to deal with mentally ill offenders who do not get lasting psychiatric help, prosecutors and police say.
Though prosecutors have repeatedly charged Cook with misdemeanors, the charges were dropped when he or the victims failed to show up in court."
I did not know that a defendant could get charges dropped by not showing up in court. That seems like a very useful strategy. [Jack Chin]