From behind their paywall, The Kansas City Star has joined "rent strike" protesters and declared war on Jackson County Judges.
However, only on TKC . . .
Here's the money line in a Statement of 16th Judicial Circuit Court that seems to contradict most of the arguments from KC Tenants and the newspaper . . .
"In addition to being based on misstatements and half-truths, the Star’s recommendations ignore a judge’s most fundamental obligation–to decide cases on the basis of the law and the facts presented to them. Providing adequate funding and other resources for the Public Defender system and making changes to the landlord tenant laws are issues for the legislative and executive branches of our government –branches that have the ability to make and carry out policy by enacting legislation and issuing executive orders. Judges do not have this power but are instead obligated to decide cases and make decisions based on the law and facts as they are –not as the judge may wish them to be. The Star’s editorial ignores this fundamental principle and asks voters to do the same thing."
You decide . . .