Jersey Shore’s Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola will not be facing prosecution for an alleged fight that took place in a Miami nightclub last month. Apparently, she is too far away to prosecute.
In an interview with E! News, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said, “What happens here in Miami-Dade County is when we investigated the case and spoke to all the witnesses, we did feel there was probable cause to charge to her with misdemeanor battery. However she’s out of jurisdiction… If they’re out, we’re not going to expend the money to go and find them. But if she ever comes back, we’ll definitely revisit the matter.”
Seriously? All you have to do is leave town? I think I might just throw away all my law books, burn my diploma, and start a travel agency in lieu of my law office.
I would like to know more about this policy.
Does it apply to all misdemeanors or only victim crimes? What about felonies? Could a drunken tourist crash his car through my living room and go home unscathed simply because he doesn’t live here?
This policy would actually put a whole new spin on the drug trade if you think about it.
Let me be clear about something, I am 100% behind any prosecutor who makes a practical decision that considers the extreme budget crisis our law enforcement agencies are facing. Believe me, I would much rather see prosecutors go after the gang bangers on our streets and the sex offenders in our schools than the drunken tourists in our night clubs.
Regardless, don’t you think this policy sends the wrong message to people? Just imagine the billboard: “Visit Florida! We Don’t Prosecute Tourists!” Now every drunk and hipster wanna-be is going to think they can come to Miami, act like an ass, and go home on Monday. Or worse, serious criminals might think they can bring their enterprise here and simply skip town if ever caught.
I also wonder what the crime statistics look like for Memorial Day Weekend and the Hip Hop Music Festival which are known to attract many African American tourists. I really hope they reflect a consistent policy that is applied evenly to all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or stardom.
Maybe the spokeswoman’s quote was reported out of context. Maybe it was misstated or not explained properly.
Either way, this is just my two cents worth. I think a little more discretion would have gone a long way when explaining why Sammi’s case was declined.