Letter to the editor: The DA is not a judge
To the editor:
Regarding the recent Journal-World story headlined “Douglas County DA won’t prosecute groups under election law that targets registration drives,” I am in a quandary. Under what authority does the district attorney have the option to decide which state laws the DA’s office will prosecute and which ones it will ignore. I can understand if the DA said that the office had limited resources and that before taking on these types of cases that they were going to await the outcome of the court challenges, but it seems as though the office has made the determination that the state law was too broad, too vague and threatened “defenders of democracy.” I thought that was what the courts were to decide, not each individual district attorney’s office.
Whether I agree with the statement and reasoning of our DA’s office is irrelevant. Would taking that stance mean that I could as a “sovereign individual” be immune from prosecution for doing what I consider to be normal, everyday, traditional activities?
I would have thought that our DA’s office would have taken a more cautious approach to this new law and waited for the courts to determine the legality of its scope.