City gives criminality by local homeless a free pass
July 29, 2014 11:20 PM | 1575 views | 3 3 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The critical comments posted online concerning Councilman Anthony Coleman’s efforts to address the vagrant situation in Marietta exhibit a delusional view of “the homeless” as merely “good people down on their luck.” The reality is much more concerning.

As a criminal defense attorney, I encounter felons on a regular basis whose most recent crimes occurred in the area of MUST Ministries, where they were drawn by the good intentions of charitable people. Those crimes include at least a dozen murders. Some of the victims were vagrants themselves, but not all.

One of the victims was a police officer. Another victim was an elderly woman murdered in her home. Yet another was a middle-aged woman who was kidnapped, raped and driven to Kentucky, before her throat was cut.

All of the murder victims had one thing in common — the killers were drawn to the area by the prospect of “charity,” at MUST Ministries.

A nightclub in Marietta recently was shut down because of the ongoing criminal activity it drew to the city. Apparently, an immunity is afforded charitable activities by people with good intentions, lacking understanding.

J. Michael Treadaway

Treadaway & Treadaway


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James c
July 30, 2014
I would challenge Mr. Treadway to give specifics rather than generalities. I hardly doubt that Homeless come to out County to get the little bit of help that MUST can provide--What percentage of the crimes in our County occur in front of MUST? Over what period of time is Mr. Treadway referencing? Your remarks certainly aren't solving the situation. Have you volunteered your legal expertice to help these clients get id's they need to get jobs, to solve previous legal situations, to get Medical help, Housing etc. it is very easy to say let;s just get rid of them--What are you doing to help
DA Observer
July 30, 2014
Felons are attracted to criminal defense attorneys too. Should we get rid of them also?
July 30, 2014
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