Candidates for Kalamazoo County prosecutor differ on visions for the office
One of the major differences in the race is Getting's objection to "plea to the offense". If I understand it correctly, this means that the charges are not reduced, but the penalty may be reduced. Of course, the reason plea bargains exist is to reduce the workload in the courts and prosecutor's office, which would otherwise have difficulty handling so many trials.
Getting's other complaint is that the office has too many prosecutors.
Getting also voiced concern about staffing within the office, which he says is well above that of Ottawa County, which has a similar population as Kalamazoo County, and nearly matches that of the more densely populated Kent County.The comparison is absurd. Different counties have different levels of crime. Ottawa County, the most Republican in the state, does not have a large, poor urban area to generate crime. Anyone who studies issues of crime knows that demographic factors correlate strongly with crime rates. The percentage of blacks in Kalamazoo (9.73) is higher than that in Ottawa (1.05) or Kent (8.93).
“We’re not being efficient with our resources,” Getting said.
On the office's staffing, Pierangeli said it is based on caseload and that a previous review of the prosecutor's work force by the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners “found we were short an attorney.”Furthermore, how does Getting expect to cut the number of prosecutors while also making lots more work for them by reducing plea bargaining? It doesn't add up.
“We’ve been deemed to be efficient as an office,” he said.
And if this blog can so easily destroy his arguments, it doesn't say much for his skills as a lawyer, either.