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Brooklyn Dane

Judges are not to blame for this. The defendants are to blame for this. Committing a crime and then pleading poverty is no excuse for not paying one's debt to society. The defendant you cited above may not have been able to work but instead he was driving drunk, risking my life and the life of everyone else on the street. There is no pass for that. If he can sit and drink then he can find a job where he can sit and work. It absolutely makes sense to lock up people who have violated a court order. This guy committed multiple crimes and I feel no sorrow, pity, sympathy, or empathy for him.


If he has the money to drink, he should have the money to pay on his fines.

Adam smith

Judges are to blame for this. Letting someone serve little or no time for a crime because they have a dime is wrong.

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I am the deputy editorial-page editor of The Blade. I recently moved to Toledo’s warehouse district, after spending 13 years in Detroit, where I was an editorial writer and columnist for the Detroit Free Press.

I’ve always walked the streets, writing about prisoners, addicts, homeless people, gang members -- and ordinary people with extraordinary stories.

I played drums professionally for three years, and I’ve also been a factory worker, security guard, house painter, janitor, landscaper, and construction worker.

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