Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt has refused to prosecute more than half of the protest-related cases referred to his office by law enforcement officials in Portland, Oregon. That’s 543 cases that will never be tried.

Why? Schmidt says he’s acting – or, more accurately, not acting – in the “interest of justice.” To be clear, he’s not saying there’s insufficient evidence or some other legal impediment to prosecution. He’s just saying that he won’t do his job.