Topeka, Kansas stops prosecuting CDV/ domestic violence cases

The Topeka City Council has announced that it will no longer prosecute domestic violence cases, following the County District Attorney’s announcement that it would no longer prosecute any misdemeanors.

Shawnee County has already dropped 30 domestic violence cases since it stopped prosecuting the crime on Sept. 8. Some 16 people have been arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery charges and then released after charges were not filed.
County District Attorney Chad Taylor has reportedly offered to review all misdemeanor cases filed in Topeka for potential prosecution, including those now handled by the city’s municipal court, in exchange for a one-time payment of $350,000 from the city.

It sounds like a pissing contest between the City and the County prosecutor to me – the City announces that it can no longer prosecute CDV’s, which is a move certain to get the public’s attention and put the blame on the County prosecutor.
I wonder if they were ever providing defense counsel for misdemeanors in Topeka, Kansas. If not, then this only levels the playing field, right?

One Response to “Topeka, Kansas stops prosecuting CDV/ domestic violence cases

  • My husband is in jail for the second time for domestic violence and he violated provation & endangering a child hes been jail for 2 and a half months. My baby has a guardian adlitem do to they think hes a child in need of care. His court is next week I dont want to go, but they said if I dont go to the court theyll get a warrant against me and ill be arrested, I am the victim. And he is not from here he’s from mexico, what should I do? This case is a johnson county and I also dont want to loose my child.

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