News From the Huron County Prosecutor's Office

Despite the attacks made against Prosecutor Rutkowski, he will continue to speak out about injustice, hold himself and his staff to the highest ethical standards, and do the work that he was elected to do: to represent the people of this county and the state of Michigan in a court of law and to enforce the laws of the state of Michigan equally.
In an effort to have Huron County Prosecutor Timothy Rutkowski removed from a case, the Huron Daily Tribune has implied that Timothy Rutkowski should disqualify himself on a pending drug case involving a "close relative" of Sheriff Hanson. The Huron County Prosecutor’s Office holds itself to the highest ethical standards available, and will continue to do so.
Malcolm Gladwell in his book The Tipping Point states that a pivotal turning point occurs in “that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”  Did you know that by the year 1920 all states had made “wife beating” illegal?   Astonishingly, it would take another fifty years before the tipping point would occur and society would begin to see domestic violence as something far more insidious than “just a family matter”.
In 2014, Sheriff Hanson alleged that Prosecutor Rutkowski committed public misconduct and requested the Attorney General’s office investigate his allegation. On Monday, July 17, 2017, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office declared that they found “no wrongdoing in the handling of this matter.” After conducting an extensive and thorough investigation, neither Attorney General Schuette nor his investigators had any concerns on how the Special Prosecutor was appointed or how the case was resolved by the Special Prosecutor.
Victims come from all walks of life, but one frequently present risk factor is a sense of alienation. The average age of recruitment is 12 years old, but age is not a protective factor. Transient youth, those who are homeless, have a one in five chance of being recruited for commercial sex trafficking within 3 months of being homeless and young adults with little to no supervision are at elevated risk. Individuals who already feel like outsiders due to a national, gender, or LGBT identity are also at a greater risk. People with victim mentality or little to no self-reliance are easy targets for recruiters. Poverty is a risk factor, however, higher socio-economic status is not a protective factor.
You see, generation to generation, families pass on parenting styles; gentle or harsh, right and wrong.  We know only what we learn, and we learn often by what has been done to us.  Unless we receive education to know better, we remain trapped in the old, and sometimes dysfunctional and harmful styles of parenting, and will repeat what we know /what we have learned – and we will sometimes pass on a legacy of abuse.  But there is hope.  When we know better, we do better. 
Drugged driving eclipses drunken driving in tests of motorists killed in crashes From the Washington Post, April 26, 2016. For the first time, statistics show that drivers killed in crashes are more likely to be on drugs than drunk. Forty-three percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes in 2015 had used a legal or illegal
Law enforcement officers and judges yesterday announced the start of a statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk driving crackdown at the annual meeting of the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals in Novi. Increased patrols focused on drunk driving enforcement will be under way in every county between March 16 and March 29.

HOPE Amid a Heroin Epidemic

Heroin and other opiates are killing young parents, star athletes, and it is poisoning our aging population at an alarming rate. Now is the time for all good men and women to get involved to put the kibosh on this evil presence in our community. You may have heard the Centers for Disease Control’s statistics that overdose deaths have quadrupled from 2015 to 2016.
Heatstroke is the number one killer of children, outside of car crashes. That’s why the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars. In 2015 there were 24 heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles.
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