City mocked for its ‘No. 1’ priority: Legalizing public urination

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Local governments constantly rewrite their criminal codes.

They get outdated through the passage of time, state and federal requirements change, and society changes so codes constantly are being updated.

But the current effort at that in Washington, D.C., is being mocked for the plan’s attempt to decriminalize public urination.

“Assume that there’ll be a lot more burglaries, carjackings, and robberies,” jested Off the Press, “Not to mention public urination.”

The full report is a few days old and at WTOP it explains a D.C. Council committee is working on the project.

“There’s widespread agreement that it should be done, and nearly all of it is without controversy,” the report said. But it cited objections from Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Robert Contee III because there are some things they don’t like.

Bowser said her concerns were with “the decriminalization of certain public nuisances, such as urinating in public or noise violations,” the report said.

Then there are her worries over things she thinks should be counted as policy changes, not criminal code functions. Those would be an expansion of the Second Look plan, and the proposal to make misdemeanor defendants eligible for jury trials.

She cited the possible overload on courts.

She said the district now is “catching up” on felony trials, and that isn’t supposed to be accomplished for a couple of years.

Others raised concerns about new definitions for burglary.

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