At last night's Ward 7 Townhall/Crime Summit I asked a question about an issue in my neighborhood regarding how many times someone can be rearrested before they are held. Chief Judge Lee Satterfield of DC Superior Court had one of his staff members approach me to get the name of the offender in question. Keeping it real, I didn't think they were going to contact me, but I got a call today from one of his staff.
His staff told me that drug possession with intent to sell is a misdemeanor and not a felony, as I thought. According to DC law they cannot hold someone for a misdemeanor. Even though this person has a rap sheet a few pages long, because he has no prior felonies he still can't be held.
I sincerely appreciate the information, but I it leaves me to ask why isn't drug possession with intent to sell across the street from an elementary school a felony? Why isn't there a threshold for how many times you can be arrested with a misdemeanor before your trial?