Judge To Woman Groped By Cop: "If you wouldn't have been there that night, none of this would have happened."
Last summer, a drunk Arizona police officer named Robb Gary Evans drove to a bar, flashed his badge so he didn’t have to pay the cover charge, then walked up behind a woman, put his hand up her skirt, and pressed his fingers into her genitals.
A jury convicted him of felony sexual abuse, and he was fired from the force.
This summer, Arizona trial Judge Jacqueline Hatch decided his felony sentence didn’t warrant him any jail time or qualified him for being registered as a sex offender – and told the victim that it was her fault she had been assaulted!
“If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you,” Hatch, who was appointed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, told the woman, urging her to take something “positive” out of the "lesson" she experienced. "When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”
Judge Hatch’s sentencing of Evans is bad enough – but her treatment of a sexual assault survivor is abhorrent. Will you join us in calling on Brewer to re-evaluate Hatch’s election and to publicly condemn her atrocious comments?
GOV. JAN BREWER: Judge Jacqueline Hatch’s recent decision not to give a sexual assailant jail time or register him as an offender even while blaming his victim is nothing short of appalling. We urge you to condemn her actions and to evaluate whether she should remain as an Arizona trial justice.