Greg Roach's Berkshires Blog
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
  Palin had Rape Victims Charged for Rape Kit & Exam
Here's an story about the former Democratic Governor of Alaska signing a bill forbidding police departments from sending rape victims a bill. Sarah Palin was Mayor of Wasilla at the time. The Police Chief of Wasilla, quoted below, is a guy she hired. She was his boss.

Ask yourself as you read this from Palin's hometown newspaper, 'Would a hands-on autocratic mayor of a small town allow her Chief of Police to advocate against legislation in the media without her consent and approval?'
The new law makes it illegal for any law enforcement agency to bill victims or victims insurance companies for the costs of examinations that take place to collect evidence of a sexual assault or determine if a sexual assault did occur.

We would never bill the victim of a burglary for fingerprinting and photographing the crime scene, or for the cost of gathering other evidence, Knowles said. Nor should we bill rape victims just because the crime scene happens to be their bodies.

While the Alaska State Troopers and most municipal police agencies have covered the cost of exams, which cost between $300 to $1,200 apiece, the Wasilla police department does charge the victims of sexual assault for the tests.

Wasilla Police Chief Charlie Fannon does not agree with the new legislation, saying the law will require the city and communities to come up with more funds to cover the costs of the forensic exams.

In the past weve charged the cost of exams to the victims insurance company when possible. I just dont want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer, Fannon said.
Let's repeat that last line again -
I just dont want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer, Fannon said.
That's not a civil servant talking, that's his elected boss.

Nothing I have seen up to this point in the campaign has made me physically ill and visibly angry - until now.

(via Feministing)
Well, that's loathsome, but if they can't find a paper trail to Palin, it's hard to use it as a convincer to the unconvinced, if you know what I mean.
Isn't this just another example of Palin using someone else to do her dirty work so she can deny being involved? Seems like she has a great aversion to being held accountable.

Post a Comment

<< Home
A blog of random thoughts and reactions emanating from the bank of a mountain stream in the farthest reaches of the bluest of blue states.

May 2006 / June 2006 / August 2006 / September 2006 / October 2006 / November 2006 / December 2006 / January 2007 / February 2007 / March 2007 / April 2007 / May 2007 / June 2007 / July 2007 / August 2007 / September 2007 / October 2007 / November 2007 / December 2007 / January 2008 / February 2008 / March 2008 / April 2008 / May 2008 / June 2008 / July 2008 / August 2008 / September 2008 / October 2008 / November 2008 / December 2008 / January 2009 / February 2009 / March 2009 / April 2009 / May 2009 / June 2009 / July 2009 / August 2009 / September 2009 / October 2009 / November 2009 / December 2009 / January 2010 / February 2010 / March 2010 / April 2010 / May 2010 / January 2011 / May 2011 / June 2011 / July 2011 / October 2011 /

greg at gregoryroach dot com

"Livability, not just affordability." - Dick Alcombright

My ongoing campaign for North Adams City Council

iBerkshires' Online Event Calendar

Because a Chart is Worth 1000 Words

Congressional Budget Office data

Powered by Blogger