From wingnut paradise Arizona comes this gem:
A state police officer gets drunk, gets in his car and drives to a Flagstaff bar, where he proceeds to put his hand under a woman’s skirt and skim his fingers across her genitals.
He gets probation. She gets a lecture.
From the judge.
A female judge, no less.
“If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you,” Coconino County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Hatch told the victim this week.
Speaking of the power to change, judges are elected in Coconino County and Hatch will be on the ballot in 2014. The longtime public defender was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010 to fill a vacancy. Voters then elected her in November 2010.
Not only did she blame the victim, but consider the punishment meted out:
Arizona trial Judge Jacqueline Hatch, who was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ), decided that Evans’ actions did not warrant jail time — sentencing him probation and 100 hours of community service. Evans also will not have to register as a sex offender.
An incredibly generous sentence, no? This will likely all be forgotten by 2014, so Hatch will probably pay no price. Indeed, she’s probably seeing a fundraising surge right about now. But this is just another insight into the rightwing mindset.
But on re-reading the story as I wrote this post, what struck me was that Hatch had been a public defender. I’d be interested in knowing more about that, wouldn’t you? Somehow I suspect that at least a few of the minority defendants she represented got something less than an aggressive defense.