(Some) Prosecutors are idiots
Reason 10,984 why I am a public defender is to help people charged with bullshit cases. Check this shit out: a couple is being charged with misdemeanors for removing their lawn in an effort to save money and reduce water usage. They have a new baby and are trying to reduce their monthly expenses. As a new mommy, I can totally appreciate that. The City Attorney of Orange, California apparently does not appreciate that. Even after the couple installed a pretty decorative fence and some drought resistant plants, still not good enough. The Code says 40% of the lawn must have living plants, god damn it! These people must be PUNISHED! They must COMPLY! If they don't, they can get up to 6 months in jail!!
So, let me get this straight...California is constantly in a drought. City officials are always telling people to CONSERVE WATER. This couple went from using 299,221 gallons a year to 58, 348 gallons a year. Good for the environment, right?? No, fuck these criminals says the prosecutor. These people are more concerned with providing for their daughter than with keeping their fucking grass green. If they didn't provide for their daughter, then the city attorney would charge them with child abuse.
Read the article here. And don't ask me why the dumbass author of this article doesn't realize that the couple isn't being sued, as the headline implies, they are being prosecuted. Just a smidge of a difference.