Arnie Klein's My Word
Humboldt County District Attorney candidate, Arnie Klein, has a My Word column in the Times- Standard this morning. At first glance I didn't realize who wrote it and expected it to say something along the line of we shouldn't be bothering the homeless at all (I'm ambivalent on at least some homeless issues).
It turned out not to be that so much but instead suggesting the recent prosecution of a homeless fellow for illegal camping that cost the county $13,000 might have been handled better. He even offered alternatives:
"There were many different options that could have been explored, such as homeless court, a diversionary program, or penal code 849, which basically states “deemed not arrested and released.'' In other words, he could been held in jail over night and released in the morning. If the prosecutorial authorities felt that this homeless man had to be prosecuted, they could have filed the case as an infraction, which would have resulted in a court trial that did not necessitate the presence of a jury and a defense attorney."
Well written. While I'm sure there might be another side to the story, it's pertinent to the position he's seeking and nicely done!
No, that's not an endorsement of Mr. Klein by me. Just an observation.