U.S. City May Pass “Duress Legislation” to Give Criminals “Poverty Defense” | Judicial Watch

Elected officials in a major U.S. city plan to pass a law that will allow thieves to sell items they steal if they do it to earn money for basic needs and trespassers to set up camp on private property when it is to obtain adequate shelter. Dozens of other crimes—including assault and harassment—will be excused under the preposterous measure if suspects are poor, mentally ill or addicted to drugs. It is being crafted as a poverty defense and will allow municipal court judges to dismiss a multitude of crimes if poverty, mental illness or a substance-abuse disorder drove the perpetrator to commit them.

Source: U.S. City May Pass “Duress Legislation” to Give Criminals “Poverty Defense” | Judicial Watch

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