And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine…
Do Not Get out of Jail Free
A Detroit prison became too expensive to complete -- so construction was halted.
But it is still costing taxpayers more than a $1 million a month -- not to be worked on.
Upkeep services include -- electricity, security, and even off-site storage for jail cells.
All adding up to $1.2 million a month.
Critics want to pull the plug.
Quote -- "At this point -- the only thing we should do is cut our losses. If someone is willing to purchase it -- we should sell it."
Multiple parties have expressed interest in buying the property -- but no agreement has been reached.
County officials want to wait until the current financial crisis is solved -- then look at the available options.
While they wait -- the meter is running.
A Friday follow up to Monday's story of students in Queens -- being excluded from a school carnival -- because their parents did not pay $10.
All while the school made a profit of up to $3,000.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio calls the school's decision unconscionable.
The president of the company that put on the event -- tells the New York Post -- he wants to put on a free carnival -- for all the students who were forced to miss out.
Quote -- "I'm in the business for over 25 years and always put the kids first. If I had known that there were kids not allowed to attend the carnival -- I would have paid for them."
Finally -- eye-for-an eye justice is making a comeback -- at least in Ohio.
A Cleveland-area judge gave an assault suspect who pepper-sprayed someone in the face -- a choice -- 30 days in jail -- or be pepper-sprayed by her victim.
She choose the latter.
But -- harmless saline was used -- instead of pepper spray -- without the suspect knowing the switch had been made.
The Judge said the punishment stung emotionally -- if not physically -- but the motivation is simple.
Quote -- "I do whatever I think will prevent a person from coming back in the courts again."