Arizona Judge Under Fire For Telling Sexual Abuse Victim Not To “Blame Others”

Judge Jacqueline Hatch of Coconino County is under fire for her advice to a woman sexually abused by an off-duty police officer about visiting bars and “blaming others” for such problems. Hatch has now apologized for the advice that she gave the victim of officer Robb Gary Evans.

Evans reportedly drank eight beers and used his badge to get into a Flagstaff bar for free. He then proceeded to reach up the victim’s skirt and groped her. Evans knew the woman from mutual friends.

After sentencing Evans to probation (he was later fired as an officer), Hatch proceeded to offer some advice to the victim. She reportedly told the woman that “If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you.” Hatch explained that the woman should not even go to a grocery store after 10 pm without understanding the obvious dangers, let alone a bar. She added her own mother’s advice that “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”

I have long been a critic of the loss of professionalism on our courts in the age of faux courtroom shows like Judge Judy and Judy Brown. Judges increasingly seem to yield to the desire to use their courtrooms to dispense their own forms of improvised justice or homegrown advice.

Hatch has since apologized: “As a Coconino County Superior Court judge, it is my responsibility to ensure that all victims and defendants are treated fairly and in a respectful manner in the courtroom. It’s a responsibility I take very seriously. I also believe victims should not be blamed for coming forward to report crimes.”

The unnamed victim accepted the apology and thanked the public for the support that they showed in the controversy.

Source: AZ Daily as first seen on ABA Journal.

81 thoughts on “Arizona Judge Under Fire For Telling Sexual Abuse Victim Not To “Blame Others””

  1. Interesting that the criminals roaming the streets of Coconino County after 10pm making it unsafe for females are cops.

    There are a lot of these around big cities….police abuse is rampant in the US….and it seems as if THEY are sometimes the biggest problem.

  2. Hatch has since apologized: “As a Coconino County Superior Court judge, it is my responsibility to ensure that all victims and defendants are treated fairly and in a respectful manner in the courtroom. It’s a responsibility I take very seriously. I also believe victims should not be blamed for coming forward to report crimes.”

    The unnamed victim accepted the apology and thanked the public for the support that they showed in the controversy.
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    Really?

  3. She reportedly told the woman that “If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you.” Hatch explained that the woman should not even go to a grocery store after 10 pm without understanding the obvious dangers, let alone a bar. She added her own mother’s advice that “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”
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    Worked at an IRS office in Racine, WI. There was an SBSE Revenue Agent there who hadn’t quite completed his second year of probation. That was an SBSE administered office, and the manager there (Sharon) would rip him a new one almost every day.

    She tried to do that with me, and I told her I work for LMSB. Sharon told the guy to resign or be fired. He resigned.

    I was given the same message by my LMSB manager, Jean. I refused to resign. Took a while, but they finally won.

  4. Nick S, an interesting book: “Making Waves” by Roger Lewin, Rodale Press, 2005. ISBN# 13 978-1-59486-044-7 or 10 1-59486-044-0

    About energy. Irv Dardik used to be one of the cardiologists who ministered to the American Olympic Team.

  5. Well Blouise I was educated by nuns, Jesuits, and Holy Cross Brothers. I don’t remember any specific sermons about astrology but there probably were. I keep my beliefs simple. However, I believe strongly about energy. We all have an energy and I pick up on it. Reincarnation is something that has always intriqued me and I have never discounted its possibility.

    I have a Nixon/Elvis fridge magnet I see many times daily…too many actually. Who knew we were all Capricorns.

  6. nick,

    Many, many years ago I was attending a seminar for the World Council of Churches and an old fire & brimstone Catholic Priest gave a talk on the evils of astrology.

    I knew nothing about astrology but figured if it got an old priest all worked up, I’d look into it. Three years later I completed the learning process. Basically it’s harmless parlor-games but can have real application for those who subscribe to a belief in reincarnation. Thus you will find it used constantly in India etc.

    For those who believe in reincarnation, the horoscope is a map of the soul’s journey … past, present, and future and in cultures where reincarnation is king, absolutely nothing is done without first casting a chart.

    No wonder the old priest thought it was evil.

    And your welcome (for Nixon) … he keeps you proud Capricorns humble.

  7. Well Blouise, although I don’t believe in astrology you have opened up a fun activity of seeing who was born under your sign. So here goes, a random list of people of whom I’m proud to be a fellow Capricorn.

    Politics: Beside the loathsome Nixon, you so graciously mentioned, is MLK, Jr. Daniel Webster, Alexander Hamilton, Simon Wisenthal and Michelle Obama. In my limited research I found a dearth of political Capricorns. Being untrusting of politicians I took comfort in that. In the interest of full disclosure I must also say Idi Amin and John Allen Muhammed were Capricorns, mea culpa.

    Sports: Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier[interesting!], George Foreman, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade

    The Arts: We Capricorns seem to be some real artsy mofo’s! James Earl Jones, Henri Matisse, Janis Joplin, Ben Kingsley, Sissy Spacek, Anthony Hopkins, Carl Sandburg, Marlene Dietrich, Bogart, Cary Grant, Mary Tyler Moore, Maureen Dowd, Elvis, George Thorogood, Bo Diddly, Betty White, Frederico Fellini, Kevin Costner, and Diane Keaton.

    One of the Capricorns listed above has the exact DOB as my humble self.

  8. Thanks bettykath. I called Chicago a “Democrat city” because it is obviously run by “Democrats”. Maybe I need a program to know what words are acceptable. Shakespeare wrote a play about this triviality.

  9. nick, you’re not alone. I heard the name both ways and began to wonder why and which was correct.

  10. shano, Calling me a liar is unacceptable. I have testified under oath hundreds of times and ALWAYS told the truth. I am saying under oath I was oblivious to all this. I believe some of the folks here have the intelligence to see that.

  11. nick,

    I had to look up Nancy’s birthdate and nope, she’s a Cancer (July 6) and I’m a … a Scorpio! Me, Hillary, Bill Gates, John Adams, Monet, Luther, Theodore Roosevelt, George Patton , Robert Kennedy, and poor Marie Antoinette (ouch).

    But more importantly, several other women on this blog.

    Wanna play?

  12. oh of course, it has been used before

    Democrat rhymes with ‘rat’

    What if one called the Republicans the Republick’ Party.

    Rhymes with ‘ick” Fitting.

  13. Democrat party has never been correct unless you know this new lingo. It has always been the Democratic Party.

  14. nick, this ‘Democrat’ trend started with the most ignorant of the southern evangelical Goppers – during the Bush administration- it is a kind of childish code speak. You know, like calling the fat kid ‘slob’ when his name is ‘Bob’ at summer camp.

    It shows you as a radical insider who even agrees with the dumbest aspects of the Republican ideology.

  15. SWM, Thanks for the historical perspective. I don’t live politics like many here do. I swear I was unaware of this mortal sin of calling the party the Democrat Party. But, you are Democrats not Democratics…right?

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