My Local Prosecutor Dropped The Ball!

My Local Prosecutor Dropped The Ball!

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    My Local Prosecutor Dropped The Ball!

    Back in April I had been filing complaints with my LE against a former neighbor/drug addict for harassment and terroristic threatening. After a lengthy and frustrating correspondence with LE to get my police reports to the county attorney's office, I was promised by PAs office that charges would be filed. I made five separate trips and spent hours waiting to talk to them. On June 12th I sent an email to the prosecutor to find out what the status was. I did not receive a reply. Today I called and was informed because there was no address provided they could not move forward. At the time of the original complaints the individual was being incarcerated on the weekends at the county jail. I know this because the prosecutor told me. They had the ability to get it done then.

    I'm very upset and discouraged at our criminal justice system right now.

    A lot of good calling the police and being a good witness did!

    This is just my situation, I know this does not happen all time. But it happened to me.
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    LE is going down the drain like everything else in this country.
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    It happens more than anyone will want to admit. Sorry about the crap you had to go thru....
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    I just called my local police and got an address. The PA could have done that or found out from the county jail. Very Lazy IMHO! I called back the prosecutor and gave it to them. I also asked for an official letter explaining why they have not acted on my complaint. I also asked for some kind of order to stay away from me. I want it on record what happened.
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    Low priority cases often get pushed to the bottom of the pile.

    Fact of the matter is, if they are missing critical info, they wont go looking for it, it takes too much time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Low priority cases often get pushed to the bottom of the pile.

    Fact of the matter is, if they are missing critical info, they wont go looking for it, it takes too much time.
    I know but I went to follow up 5 times and they already had him incarcerated on weekends.
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    Sorry to hear about your situation, I know how frustrated you must be. It is no excuse, but most state, county and city offices have suffered massive budget and personnel cuts that has effected many. It could also be a case of laziness on the part of whomever the case was assigned to for investigation. Virtually never are criminal complaints filed based on a citizen complaint without an investigation. These sorts of things are often further gummed up when it involves narcotics. It could be the person you complained of is somehow involved in a narcotics case which might be compromised by acting on your case. Lots of "coulda's" but that doesn't help you much.

    Someone earlier mentioned the "justice system." These days we don't have a "justice system," we have a "legal system." Too often, "justice" is an obsolete concept.

    In the mean time, do the best you can to protect yourself and family, and keep the pressure up. Sometimes going through a (ugh) politician, can bring pressure to get the case moving, or at least let you know why not.
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    In my case I think it was laziness across the board.
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    After four months of diligence our county prosecutor finally approved harassment charges!
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    Sorry to hear your frustrations, but as someone else mentioned it happens everywhere more often than they would like to admit. Here in Virginia Beach there is a community task force that is suppose to look into complaints against the VB Police, however it looks like those complaints over the years have been going unnoticed until someone did some investigating. God Bless

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericb327 View Post
    Back in April I had been filing complaints with my LE against a former neighbor/drug addict for harassment and terroristic threatening. After a lengthy and frustrating correspondence with LE to get my police reports to the county attorney's office, I was promised by PAs office that charges would be filed. I made five separate trips and spent hours waiting to talk to them. On June 12th I sent an email to the prosecutor to find out what the status was. I did not receive a reply. Today I called and was informed because there was no address provided they could not move forward. At the time of the original complaints the individual was being incarcerated on the weekends at the county jail. I know this because the prosecutor told me. They had the ability to get it done then.

    I'm very upset and discouraged at our criminal justice system right now.

    A lot of good calling the police and being a good witness did!

    This is just my situation, I know this does not happen all time. But it happened to me.
    happens all the time the DA is not going to help you.
    Just getting LEO to take a report of a crime in Milwaukee is a full time job. There not there to serve or protect any more. Things changed your on your own now unless you are a member of the PC protected classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericb327 View Post
    After four months of diligence our county prosecutor finally approved harassment charges!
    Sounds bad, but the squekey wheel get the grease. It's no excuse, but a fact of life for those who follow the rules.......
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    Good job. Persistence.

    Nicole Simpson went to the police for help many times to file complaints and look what happened to her. She had a history of abuse from O.J. and they did nothing for her.
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    Sorry to hear what your going through, I can see how this can be frustrating. But glad hear your hard work and persistence is fiinally paying off.

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    We still have to go to court!
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