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Detroit 'Forced' to Free Dozens of Murder, Major Crime Suspects

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 12:31 PM

The city of Detroit has set dozens of criminal suspects, including accused murderers and rapists, free for the holidays  — and it might have to release some 250 more, the Detroit News reported.

The suspects' release was due to a warrant backlog that has left the understaffed prosecutor's office no choice, it says, but to let those jailed on serious charges go.

"I have been saying for two years what would happen if our budget was cut," said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to the News. "We have lost half of our staff and it is no surprise that we are not able to fulfill our mandated functions with such drastic staff reductions."

"It certainly is not surprising that this has impacted our ability to review and charge warrant requests presented to us," Worthy said.

In several instances, the suspects were released because police could not hold them beyond 72 hours without a proper arraignment, Detroit's CBS Local reported.

Among suspects who might still be released because of unsigned warrants are those accused in crimes dating as far back as 2010, and include 21 murder suspects, 105 people arrested on sexual assault allegations, and 126 held on alleged child abuse, the News said.

The staffing reductions in the prosecutor's office have marked a simmering "feud" over funding between Worthy and outgoing Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, the News said.

The office is now staffed by five full-time lawyers, one working 32 hours weekly, and one part-time attorney. Four years ago, the prosecutor's Warrants division employed eight full-time attorneys and two to three part-time consultants who worked on a projects basis, the News said.

The Motor City has continued to work itself out of bankruptcy after years of political corruption and fiscal malfeasance. It was expected to release the costs of its Chapter 9 filing in the next two weeks, the Detroit Free Press reported. The figure is expected to approach as much as $200 million.

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