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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Rep. Kahn charged

Representative Kahn has been charged with misdemeanor theft for taking campaign literature. I don't think I agree with this charge. What she did was unquestionably wrong, but charging her with theft does not seem to accomplish anything. First, she has arguably learned her lesson, as has everybody else who has ever thought about stealing campaign literature. Thus, no charges are needed for deterrence. Second, it is pretty ridiculous to charge somebody with the theft of something that most people don't want in the first place. Campaign literature is usually ignored, thrown away, cursed at, but only very rarely paid attention to. It would be like charging somebody for theft of fliers placed on cars.

I don't know what the motivations are of the city attorney who charged Rep. Kahn, but I don't think that justice will be served with this citation.


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