Case Dismissed !!!
The BatBlog is happy to report that the lady whose story about her arrest in the Jan. 30 edition of the BatBlog CLICK HERE has received notice from the Clark Co. prosecutor's office that her case has been dismissed without prejudice by the State of Indiana. The charges of possession of a controlled substance (2) counts that was dismissed, were prescription medications which several had fallen into her purse and were not in their original bottles.
While this middle aged lady MAYBE was technically in the wrong, she tried to explain her situation to the officers who still arrested her and took her to the Clark Co. jail. Her automobile was impounded and she spent 5 hours in the C.C. jail.
As reported earlier by the BatBlog after going to court Judge Weber appeared to originally lean towards dismissing the case as the defendant told him she had documentation from her doctors of the prescriptions, but the prosecutor objected and asked for the case to be continued (later this month) in order for the arresting officers to appear. The continuance and charges were dismissed in the letter she received today from the C.C. prosecutor's office.
While the outcome was a relief to the woman charged and ultimately the right thing was done in this case , it still raises several disturbing concerns to the BatBlog. First it's total BS that this woman was arrested at all, she was up front and honest, explained the situation but was ultimately traumatized. Having never been to jail or had so much as a parking ticket, the embarrassment and the trauma of being jailed plus the added financial burden of recovering her impounded car is not how honest citizens should be treated.
It appears to the BatBlog this was a case of over zealous possibly poorly trained county officers and a court and prosecutor that at least in this case was severely inept. An absolute funny thing about this whole thing is that neither the prosecutor or the judge even bothered to look at the documentation the lady went to the trouble to gather, to verify her prescriptions. She told them she had it (which she did) but they never even looked at the evidence to prove innocence or guilt.
Hopefully this is just an isolated case, because if our whole law enforcement and judicial system is run like this every day it is truly a comedy of errors. As we said before there are enough real bad guys out there....let's harass them ...not the hard working taxpayers....
Remain Vigilant my Friends