Steve Deaton: Too Many Minor Crimes Felonies

The man vying to replace Dave Chapman as Charlottesville's commonwealth's attorney says the office should change the way it thinks about felony cases. Full Story
Who Knows

Lyndhurst, VA

#1 Jun 5, 2013
Chris Dumler is this guy's campaign manager.
Deaton fan

Winchester, VA

#2 Jun 5, 2013
Looking forward to seeing Mr. Deaton straighten up all of Chapmans screw ups.
Old Hare

Orange, VA

#3 Jun 5, 2013
"Steve Deaton says too many minor crimes are being prosecuted as felonies."

Is this guy serious? I am no fan of Chapman but this is funny as hell. So if a criminal scams an old lady out of her home and thousands of dollars he should just be let off with a class 1 misdemeanor and maybe pull a couple months in jail?
Charlottesville can do better than this. If this guy has his way Charlottesville will be a poop magnet and nirvana for scammers, embezzlers and people peddling/possessing prescription meds and other drugs. Glad I don't live there anymore.
zapper

Collinsville, VA

#4 Jun 6, 2013
Scam steal fraud= awesome 1 year all suspended yey
if you dont agree with it the next thing you know you will be called a racist
Dude

Boyce, VA

#5 Jun 6, 2013
Old Hare wrote:
"Steve Deaton says too many minor crimes are being prosecuted as felonies."
Is this guy serious? I am no fan of Chapman but this is funny as hell. So if a criminal scams an old lady out of her home and thousands of dollars he should just be let off with a class 1 misdemeanor and maybe pull a couple months in jail?
Charlottesville can do better than this. If this guy has his way Charlottesville will be a poop magnet and nirvana for scammers, embezzlers and people peddling/possessing prescription meds and other drugs. Glad I don't live there anymore.
Virginia has more than 38,000 prison inmates.i One of every 89 adults is incarcerated.ii

The state’s growth in the imprisonment rate per 100,000 residents was 9th highest of all states from the end of 2000 to June 30, 2009, trailing West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Florida, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Arkansas and South Dakota.iii Among the factors contributing to the state’s prison growth was the abolition of parole in 1994.iv The imprisonment rate per 100,000 residents in Virginia is nine percent higher than the national average for all states.v In 2008 Virginia ranked 41st in index crimes, 42nd in violent crimes and 40th in property crimes per 100,000 resident population.vi

http://www.rightoncrime.com/reform-in-action/...
Who Knows

Lyndhurst, VA

#6 Jun 6, 2013
Besides, most cases never make it to trial. They always plea bargain down. There's not much "down' from a misdemeanor. Lawyers would actually have to go to court. They might even have to go back to law school to learn something besides plea bargains.

Maybe they could create new categories of crime that are less than a misdemeanor. How 'bout:
A.) An oopsie
B.) A slight faux pas
c.) A teensy mistake

Enablers always call a crime "making a mistake," even when someone dies.

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