Shawnee County agrees to handle domestic-violence cases
Chalk up a victory for the Topeka City Council! Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announced yesterday that he will once again handle misdemeanor domestic-violence cases within Topeka city limits. Taylor had stopped filing domestic-battery cases in September because his office was broke. That left Topeka’s city prosecutors to handle the burden, but the city said it didn’t have the money to try domestic abusers, either.
So, in a stunning and pathetic effort to force Taylor’s hand and compel the DA’s office to handle the cases again, the council repealed the city ordinance against domestic battery.