Some Karl Hartman charges went away when one of the victims didn’t show up to testify in court.
Contrary to what the Upnorthlive article said, it isn’t up to a victim to decide whether to go forward in a case. Charges are brought by the State of Michigan. In this case the representative is the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor. When a witness has been placed on a subpoena, and then doesn’t actually show up, the prosecutor has the option to request a show cause proceeding so that the witness can explain why they didn’t appear. The prosecutor didn’t give any mention of their intent to hold the witness accountable for ignoring the subpoena. So its the prosecutor’s choice not to go forward on the charges and take efforts to have the witness in court.
What do you think? Should the prosecutor just let the charges go when an accuser doesn’t show up in court? Should an accuser be held responsible when they fail to show up for court?
The problem is that the prosecutor has shredded their credibility to the point that it’s hard to know what to think about the Hartman case. The prosecutor sure ran to the media awfully fast to talk about the probation violation of the century that wasn’t. And they’ve publicized the case to death in the press when they shouldn’t have. So it’s hard to know what to think about the Hartman charges at this point. I hope justice wins in the end, whatever it is. All too often, it doesn’t.