I don't think anyone is surprised at the lunacy coming out of our District Attorney's office. Too many times as of late the assistant DA's are taking charges that make us shake our heads and say "they took what????" For example. I heard of an officer making an arrest for drive while license invalid on an individual in a parking lot! Now clearly the guy had to drive on a roadway to get there but nobody saw him driving on the roadway. Now, although you could waste time and money prosecuting this case by making inferences (for example "Okay jury 1 + 1 is....."). However (maybe this is just me) I would not want to get on the stand and tell a jury that I actually didn't witness the offense but it had to have happened. Any half wit defense attorney can blow that out of the water by asking could the guy have simply walked there and got into the car. I couldn't say no. Needless to say that case was dismissed and I heard the officer got lectured about common sense and the DWLI statute.
Then there are cases that should be filed but the assistant DA refuses. Now I've often wondered had they gotten lazy? Are they just out of law school and clueless? Or is there some directive at the DA's office discouraging the filing of hard cases unless the media is involved? In this scenario a woman is stopped at an intersection and there is a bum with a squeegee. He wipes her windshield without being asked to and tries to get money out of the woman. She refuses to hand over any money so the bum reaches in and tries to forcibly remove the woman from the vehicle! Now, this could constitute robbery since he is trying to take her money without her consent and using force. She gets him to release her and he takes a bottle and smashes her window. She drives off and finds an officer who comes back and catches the bum. The bum was screaming the whole time and trying to kick out the window of the patrol car. This is the guy who needed to be dragged out of the car and planted face first into the concrete then break out the hobble restraint! The DA would only take criminal mischief for the woman's window. As for him trying to pull a woman out of her car, they don't want to bother with that! Good to know that some in the DA's office can look past the fact that a woman was attacked on the street and prosecute a property crime!