Detroit Judge Predicts “Anarchy” If Budget Is Slashed


Detroit’s prosecutor and chief judge predicted anarchy in the streets and unpunished crimes if Wayne County makes proposed cuts to budgets for the prosecutor’s office and court, the Detroit Free Press reports. Prosecutor Kym Worthy told county commissioners that if her budget is cut $6 million as proposed and she is forced to lay off 54 employees, she’ll have to stop prosecuting some nonviolent crimes, such as breaking and entering.

“This is beyond ridiculous,” she said. “We can’t even cover our courtrooms anymore.” Chief Circuit Judge Virgil Smith told commissioners that if his budget doesn’t match his $58.9-million request for general fund dollars, he’ll have to go back to court to sue the county for full funding. “We are one of the few mandated services that the county has to provide,” Smith said. “And if we can’t provide it, there will be anarchy in the streets.” Worthy understands that times are tough, but she said prosecuting criminals isn’t an optional service.

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