I just love Opinion Pieces because ...
... you never know where they will lead.
Often I don’t understand the Logic of the Courts.
Charges are Dropped, so nothing is proved, so I suspect that technically the couple are Not Guilty.
However the couple have admitted that they are goinf to be be Fined if they do it again.
Which suggests that everyone agrees that they did it in the first place.
So why not hit them with a fine (it’s “The Cost of Doing Business”) of Nominal Value, say fifty dollars, and tell them that they are for the high jump when they get caught again.
Not “if”, but “when”, because if they believe that they can break the law and get away with it, they’ll try it again.
Then at least the city will be $50,000 better off. Might pay for some of the Prosecution Fees ...