A non-cooperating witness undermines the prosecution's case. What is an hour's ordeal compared to decades in jail? If he's guilty -- and I have no idea whether he is or not -- the victim should do what is necessary to convict him. Too many [violent criminals] go free because the victims refuse to put the culprit away.From your November 24, 2005, Chicago Sun-Times:
A Cook County judge dismissed domestic battery charges against Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg on Wednesday after prosecutors said it appears Steinberg is complying with a court-ordered alcohol treatment program.One would hope that after his family's brush with the criminal justice system last fall, Neil would have developed some empathy for the victims of violent crimes and some understanding of their burdens.
Prosecutors also spoke to Steinberg's wife, Edie, who testified that she wanted the case and an order of protection dropped.
"You are no longer in fear for your safety, is that correct?" Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Kenneth Alpert asked Edie Steinberg in the Skokie courtroom.
"That is correct," she replied.
Neil Steinberg was arrested in September and charged with striking his wife during an argument. He also was charged with interfering in the reporting of a domestic battery.
But, alas, that does not appear to be the case.