Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Flint Freakonomics

Stephen Dubner's Freakonomics column in The New York Times has an interesting discussion of what happens when family members have to decide whether to turn in a relative wanted by the law. One example involves Flint and features a quote from the Journal:,
Kelley Thomas’s 23-year-old son, Kelly Carter, escaped from a Georgia jail in April and shortly thereafter allegedly showed up at his dad’s doorstep on E. Lorado Avenue in Flint, Michigan. Now, Thomas has been charged with harboring a felon. What’s a parent to do? It’s a difficult question, even to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. "The fact that he’s the father was discussed by my staff, and we will take that into consideration as the case progresses,” Leyton said. “It’s hard to turn your back on your own flesh and blood.”

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