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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Track Palin is trying to get his case moved to "Veterans Court"


From ADN

PALMER — Track Palin, the 27-year-old son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, may face criminal domestic violence charges in a special court for military veterans.

Palin, a U.S. Army veteran, was arrested in Wasilla in January after what police described as a drunken altercation with a woman at his family's home on Lake Lucille.

A woman at the house told emergency dispatchers a man "punched her in the face," according to a sworn affidavit filed by a Wasilla police officer. The woman later said she and Palin got into an argument and he struck her after she told him she had called police.

She later found him holding a cocked rifle near his head, making her fear he'd shoot himself, according to the affidavit. She said she ran out and eventually hid under a bed.

Police later found an unloaded AR-15 on the kitchen counter. Palin had a blood-alcohol level of .189 based on a breath test, the affidavit said. The woman had a bruised and swollen left eye, as well as a "small red area" near her knee where she said Palin kicked her.

The Wasilla Police Department reported the arrest the same day Sarah Palin endorsed Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

Track Palin was charged with three misdemeanors: fourth-degree domestic violence assault; interfering with a report of domestic violence; and fourth-degree weapons misconduct.

The victim in the case in February requested a "no-contact" order against Palin be lifted but apparently no action was taken, Palin's attorney Kevin Fitzgerald said during a court hearing Thursday in Palmer. District Court Judge John Wolfe told the Palmer District Attorney's office to contact the woman to make sure she still wants the order deleted.

Fitzgerald participated in the hearing by phone. Palin wasn't there.

Fitzgerald told the judge he intends to transfer the Palin case to Anchorage Veterans Court, a program for veterans charged with misdemeanors who may need behavioral health treatment.

The next Veterans Court hearing date is Tuesday, he said. "My client intends on attending that."

But Palin is not officially participating in the court program yet, according to Anchorage District Attorney Clint Campion, a military veteran who oversees it.

"We've been in negotiations," Campion said. "Ultimately, a few things have to happen. The biggest thing is No. 1, Mr. Palin has to decide he would want to go down that path. He hasn't officially yet. I think he's trying to gather information."

Anyone eligible for benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is eligible for the program.

The VA would need to evaluate Palin's needs and present him with a treatment plan, Campion said. Then Palin could decide whether he wants to participate.
The hearing Tuesday Palin is expected to attend would be part of his decision process, Campion said.

Fitzgerald couldn't be reached after Thursday's hearing for more information.

The day after her son's arrest became public, Sarah Palin told a crowd of Trump supporters at an Oklahoma rally that Track, "like so many others — they come back a bit different. They come back hardened." She called her son a combat veteran but didn't specifically say he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

A U.S. Army spokesperson didn't return a request for Track Palin's military history, including details of any combat duty. Palin is known to have deployed to Iraq for a year and served with the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Numerous studies have shown a connection between combat-related PTSD or depression and anger or violence, especially domestic violence.

Anchorage Veterans Court, one of the oldest such programs in the country, tries to get treatment for criminal defendants who are eligible for VA services they may not be using.

It relies on alternative sentencing plea agreements that emphasize behavioral health, substance use or other VA treatment programs.

The system requires criminal defendants plead guilty or no contest to at least one charge against them. They receive conventional court sentences if they don't complete their VA treatment but a lesser sentence if they do.

Veterans see District Court Judge David Wallace initially every two weeks, more often than defendants in traditional court proceedings.

There are currently 23 participants in the program, involving 17 state cases and six municipal ones. Participants are expected to live in Anchorage, though exceptions are made for veterans who work on the North Slope and others, said Campion, who just accepted a veteran from Fairbanks into the program.

The services Palin would need are Anchorage-based, but his Wasilla residency won't necessarily make him ineligible, Campion said.

He's trying to make the program open to anybody who thinks they can benefit from its services, he said. "I'm not looking at it any differently than I would any other kid."

Oh puleaze.  

Track is not a combat vet.  His records will prove it.  All he did in the military is drive officers around.

And WTF for a Veterans court.  Sorry but just because you are a vet doesn't give you the right to break the law.

13 comments:

  1. Being a vet doesn't give you the right to break the law, but in Alaska, being a Palin does, doesn't it? "I'll keep doing what I'm doing until the law tells me I can't," is still his mother's mantra. So far, the law hasn't told Track much. Three months after his arrest, and he has yet to appear in court, let alone take responsibility for his actions or face any consequences. Anyone think he will?

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    1. Why I wish $arah would STFU already about her "god." That bunch are the poorest excuse for "christians" and set the worst example.

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  2. Do they give a medal for "Combat Pussy?"

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  3. "... as well as a "small red area" near her knee where she said Palin kicked her." ha ha That explains a lot about Track-mark's anger issues. He must have very, very small feet, just like the Donald and toad.

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  4. Track Menard is not 'a kid' anymore - he is a 27 y/o THUG!

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  5. What happened with court? I heard Track was spending time with his in-laws. It may have been to sober up. Does anyone know about that? It would be good.

    FIL is a doctor and MIL is a volunteer and works with abused children. They would know how to help Track and all about childhood trauma and how it can effect an adult. Track's wife was in medical school and wanted to be a nurse or something. Her parents would want to help her turn her life around. They can't stop her from being with Track but they can do things to help them now they are pregnant.

    If nothing else help the baby. Bristol and Dakota sure need help with Sailor. I can't forget the mother's at Bristol's place and the diarrhea problem. I hope she is not giving the baby that laxative drink she thinks is healthy.

    I wonder if Sarah got what she wanted in court today. Was it delayed again?

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    1. Track's wife? Do you mean ex-wife Britta? He and Jordan aren't married. Britta's dad is a pastor.

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    2. Not married that I know. They are in love like married?

      Court was postponed. There are whispers he did go somewhere to clean up. It may not be going so well. How long has he been gone?

      His beloved is missing, too?

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    3. of for fuck's sake.
      Britta i a nurse
      Jordan was a pharmacy TECh.
      She just graduated UAA with a generic science degree. She posted she wants a job as a MEDICAL ASSISTANT for experience.
      The program she graduated is not premed by any means.
      Google is your friend.

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  6. The Palins have been excusing Track's vandalism, drinking, drugs and anger on PTSD before he ever went into the military. His anger was known to those who played hockey with him. Instead of ingwith Track's problems, they shipped him off to the service so Sarah could proudly wear her Blue Star pin, and brag that her son was a combat vet. Track may have never seen an actual battled, but there were demon spirits fighting inside his head, so it's almost the same thing. He heard the guys talk about their battles. Close enough.

    The Palins has a history of ignoring the problem so that maybe it would go away. Sarah never bothered to get a speech coach and a stylist. (Willow doesn't count). Sarah still reads from her script, badly, mixing up phrases and she is unable to control her emotions. Why bother? Everything is fine the way it is.

    They neglected early therapy for Trig since he was a useful campaign prop and then a prop for the book tour. Bristol comes with her own cart piled high with baggage. Willow was also involved in an act of vandalism. They all showed their true colors at The Brawl when they stormed into that party, spoiling for a fight. We read the police transcript. Weren't there any adults in the room who recognized that they were a problem family? They have gotten too many free passes.

    The problem for Track is having to plead guilty to something and having to participate in some form of rehab and/or therapy. It doesn't sound as if he wants to. He expects that his mother will get him off again, maybe sign him up for another tour of duty, like sweeping the dust under the carpet. Problems? I don't see no stinkin' problems. It is a pity that family has so little self-awareness otherwise they might have addressed some of these problems years ago. In addition to "What's in it for us?" their other family motto probably is, "Problems? Not us."

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  7. I'm sure after receiving a generous, yet anonymous donation that Mr. Campion WILL CONSIDER Track for the program, even though he DOES NOT have the Combat Infantryman Badge notated on his DD-214.

    I'm sure life has gotta be tough, being the pampered progeny of the prissy primadonna from Wasyphilis. That poor pussy-whipped whimp.

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    1. Exactly. The brawl proved everything they are.

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  8. So, was anyone at that court hearing yesterday? Was Track Menard there, or was he - as usual - AWOL?

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