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April 2, 2013

Mull throws hat in Clark County Prosecutor contest

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Mull said leniency may be appropriate for first-time offenders, but said that leniency has its limits.

“The people who continue to steal and steal, those people I am going to identify and target to send to prison,” he said. “And, what you find is a lot of people graduate up to higher-level offenses because the lesson they learned is that, ‘I can commit these crimes and there are not very serious consequences,’ and that is a terrible message to send.”

Mull said if he’s elected prosecutor, he could have a significant influence on decreasing the inmate population at the Michael L. Becher Adult Correction Complex.

“I object to continuances of jury trials,” he said. “The judges will almost always grant one continuance, but if you have a defendant who is in jail, people want swift justice. They don’t want their case to sit one or two years, and there is no reason for that to happen in most cases.” 

He said if a prosecutor takes a hard stance of objecting to continuances, defendants will be adjudicated more quickly, and if found guilty, the individual will be transferred sooner from the jail and into the Indiana Department of Corrections. 

Mull said for a variety of reasons, inmates may prefer to be held in the jail instead of prison, but the longer those inmates remain in the jail, the more county tax dollars are spent.

“From a defense attorney’s standpoint, it most always makes sense to delay a case,” Mull said. “Time is not the prosecutor’s friend on a case. The longer you delay a case, the more likelihood our witnesses are going to disappear or become uncooperative or something is going to happen to evidence in a case. Some problem might come up.”

He said quicker trials make financial sense and reduce the amount of emotional stress on victims.

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