What role should retailers play in pushing for harsher penalties for people caught shoplifting? What exactly did Abbie Welch put in her purse before she snuck out of a Walmart in Knoxville, Tenn.? The court ruling doesn’t say.
Nor does it matter. What matters is a piece of paper she’d previously received from Walmart banning her from the store. Prosecutors used it to argue she was trespassing when she shoplifted. Her crime, typically a misdemeanor, was elevated to a burglary. She became a felon with a six-year sentence.
Among the legal briefs cited by the Tennessee Supreme Court in this high-profile […]
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