The Seattle City Council is considering legislation that would allow people to use substance addiction, poverty, or mental illness as a legal defense if charged with a low-level misdemeanor in the city.
“I’m not aware of any legislation like this anywhere in the United States (or) even globally,” Scott Lindsay, the former public safety adviser for the city, said Monday. “All cities have criminal codes to protect their citizens from criminal acts. This would essentially create a legal loophole that swallows all those codes and creates a green light for crime.”
“If you don’t feel very protected right now, this would wipe out almost all remaining protections