The Worst Judge in America?

Written by Ian Millhiser

Last summer, a drunk Arizona police officer named Robb Gary Evans drove himself to a bar, flashed his badge to avoid paying cover at the door, and then walked up behind a woman, put his hand up her skirt, and ran his fingers over her genitals. A jury convicted him of sexual abuse, a felony with a maximum sentence of 2 and a half years in prison, and Evans was fired from the police force after an internal investigation.

Nevertheless, 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. Yet, while Judge Hatch apparently did not view the disgraced former cop’s actions as particularly serious, she had some very harsh words for the woman he assaulted:

Bad things can happen in bars, Hatch told the victim, adding that other people might be more intoxicated than she was.

If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you,” Hatch said.

Hatch told the victim and the defendant that no one would be happy with the sentence she gave, but that finding an appropriate sentence was her duty.

“I hope you look at what you’ve been through and try to take something positive out of it,” Hatch said to the victim in court. “You learned a lesson about friendship and you learned a lesson about vulnerability.”

Hatch said that the victim was not to blame in the case, but that all women must be vigilant against becoming victims.

When you blame others, you give up your power to change,” Hatch said that her mother used to say.

The victim, who has not been identified by the press, called for Judge Hatch to apologize for her offensive comments, adding that if she had not been at the bar to be assaulted by Evans, “it probably would have happened to someone else.”

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474 comments

Marieanne Phillips

Heaven help the American people when they are faced with more judges popping up like this one.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

I apologize if no one can understand the meaning of "the author of this article conveniently left out a lot of facts". In other words the author was biasing the information for whatever reason?

Ness Watson
Kezia W.3 years ago

@ Bill R
I think C.C was talking about this piece that you wrote for some reason:
The judge would have felt as bad as the unborn fetus that had been aborted. I am glad that I was not aborted, even though many on this site probably wish I had. Sorry my mother was a true mother and would have fought for her children. God Bless her soul.

I also concur, wtf are you on about?

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

Ikeep reading how it is the Gov. that caused the problem, the story is not about the Gov. as she had nothing to do with the decisions made by the Arizona Courts. I was trying to point out that the writer of this article has left out some inconvenient facts that would have helped the posters on here make better decisions as to what and why the Judge handed down her decision and then apologized for it.

How much more clearly do I need to put it?

On the other hand, if an idiot tried to touch one of my daughters in that manner there would be a story in the next day paper of a young lady fighting back violently.

c chandel
Courtney Chandel3 years ago

P.S. Please bear in mind that because of people of your ilk, contraception and sex education is less available. Because contraception and sex education is less available, there are more abortions. It's not rocket science. Now please go away.

c chandel
Courtney Chandel3 years ago

P.S. Please bear in mind that because of people of your ilk, contraception and sex education is less available. Because contraception and sex education is less available, there are more abortions. It's not rocket science. Now please go away.

c chandel
Courtney Chandel3 years ago

What in God's name are you talking about?

Never mind. If you're not on here to discuss only the content of this article, please express your views elsewhere. I'm confident that there are many, many other articles where your comment would fit in, so why you bother to post total irrelevance here makes no sense.
Unless of course you are trying to create a fight. Either way, this is not the place for those kinds of ramblings.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

The judge would have felt as bad as the unborn fetus that had been aborted. I am glad that I was not aborted, even though many on this site probably wish I had. Sorry my mother was a true mother and would have fought for her children. God Bless her soul.

Nessie Benjamin
Nessie B.3 years ago

Judge? Sick person! I wonder how she would have felt about such a judgement if it had happened to her ...

Dan B.
Dan Brook3 years ago

She's not stupid, crazy, a moron, uneducated, etc. She's Republican.

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