Sunday, August 20, 2006

Paul Bucher's Catch and Release Program

Is Paul Bucher a good prosecutor? The statistics argue "no."

Waukesha County was way above the statewide average last year in the percentage of felonies and misdemeanor cases that were dismissed before trial, according to state statistics.

In other words, Paul "I Don't Suck" Bucher issued criminal charges badly and carelessly and a lot of cases ended up getting tossed.

In a nutshell:

Total statewide felony and misdemeanor dispositions: 111,267.
Number of those dismissed before trial: 22,739.
Percent dismissed: 20.4.

Total Waukesha County felony and misdemeanor dispositions: 4,504.
Number of those dismissed before trial: 1,244.
Percent dismissed: 27.6.

At what point does the term "suck" apply?

Here are a few more details. There were 37,809 felony dispositions statewide last year. In 6,422 of those cases, charges were dismissed before trial, for a dismissal rate of about 17%.

In Waukesha County, there were 1,351 felony dispositions, and 260 of those cases were dismissed before trial, for a dismissal rate of 19.2%.

Bucher really screws up on misdemeanors. Last year, the Waukesha County dismissal rate was a whopping 31.2%, a full nine percentage points above the statewide average. Way to go, Paul.

The numbers, please:

Statewide misdemeanor dispositions: 73,458.
Number of those dismissed before trial: 16,317.
Percent dismissed: 22.2

Waukesha County misdemeanor dispositions: 3,153.
Number of those dismissed before trial: 984.
Percent dismissed: 31.2.

I am speaking objectively here: that sucks.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe he's better at defending. He's now representing a defendant of five counts of fourth degree sexual assault.
With private funding, it's probably a good idea not to be careless...