Sarah Palin, the rapists’ friend

When she was mayor, the Wasilla Police Department charged each rape victim $1200 for collecting the medical evidence needed to secure a rape conviction.

Not only is Johh McCain carrying water for the pedophiles, it seems that Sarah Palin was in the pay of the rapists’ lobby. At least, she did her level best as Mayor to make sure that rapists didn’t get caught by … wait for it … charging rape victims $1200 for collecting the medical-forensic evidence necessary to convict a rapist.

No, really. Her police chief explained that he thought rapists ought to pay the cost. But of course you can’t make the rapist pay the cost unless he’s convicted, and if the victim can’t come up with the $1200 for the test in the first place he never will be convicted.

Under Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles, the Alaska Legislature banned the practice of charging for “rape kits.”


Update A reader’s comment demonstrates that I failed to make my intended point clearly. Of course John McCain isn’t on the take from the pedophiles, and Sarah Palin isn’t courting the rapist vote. But then of course Barack Obama didn’t support teaching kindergartners about sex, or infanticide, or delaying the development of all new defense technolgies. I was trying to illustrate how the McCain/Palin big lie/smear technique would look if applied to McCain and Palin themselves.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: