Jail and Electronic Monitoring for Mitch Faber’s Building Code Violation

Posted on March 26, 2012 by


There are unsafe building problems far more important than an aesthetic offense such as Mitch Farber's. Even buildings with holes in the floor rarely result in criminal sentencing and processing for the owners. Image: CrimeDime.com

This guy, Mitch Faber, spent two days in jail after being arrested on his way to work. And now he’s on electronic monitoring, complete with middle of the night phone calls and drug and alcohol testing.

All because – get this – he didn’t finish a siding job to add a stucco finish to his home in Burnsville, Minnesota. Reading through the multiple news reports it does sound like Faber dragged his heels on getting the job done, which was compounded by financial difficulties. It also sounds like the town followed the letter of the law.

Where is the spirit of the law in all this? And why was this something criminal court at all? Why did no one in a position of power in Burnsville put a stop to this?

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

The purpose and the power of the criminal justice system should not be brought to bear in this manner against someone like Faber. I have no doubt that if we were to ask the victim service providers in Burnsville, they would tell us that there is a lack of funding, that they routinely see crimes against women dismissed or not prosecuted, that there are far more dangerous people in Burnsville and far better uses for precious criminal justice dollars.

The criminal justice system never should have been involved in this case.