North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing is not being charged for allegedly hitting his wife with a golf club.
The King County
Prosecutor's Office based its decision not to file charges on: (1) the mayor's wife's desire not to assist in the prosecution; (2) the wife's drunken demeanor when police officers arrived on scene; (3) inconsistencies in the mayor's and wife's stories; (4) and the wife's declining health issues.
The interesting fact is that in similar cases which do not involve a government official, it often seems that prosecutors generally elect to file criminal charges.
This, in turn, often makes the general public feel that favoritism is at play, and has in the past bred animosity between the government and its citizens.
was arrested and booked into King County jail on March 26, 2013, after he
asked the police to come to his
home, saying that his
drunken wife was tormenting him and he
didn't know what to do.
allegedly told police that he
didn't want to "lose it again," as he
had two days earlier when she
taunted him until he
Allegedly the mayor struck his
wife with a 5-iron golf club on March 24, 2013, and a photograph was taken of a 6 inch bruise on her
later allegedly claimed that he
wielded the golf club to locate a liquor bottle under the covers where his
wife was laying in bed.