|Jordan Loewe and Track Palin, Before all the hitting started.|
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.
Of course we all know that the woman is in fact Jordan Loewe Track's fiance, and now soon to be baby mama.
The article goes on to describe the events of that night in January which I think all of us here are pretty familiar with, including all of the hitting and kicking, and then lists the charges against Track:
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 article also points out that there was a "no contact" order given by the courts which Jordan tried to have lifted, though it apparently stayed in place.
Of course since Jordan is now pregnant we will assume that Track ignored that guideline as well.
The next question to ask is why does Track's attorney think this is a good idea for Track?
Here are the prerequisites for having the case moved to the Veterans Court according to their website:
The veteran must reside in the Municipality of Anchorage.
• The veteran must be eligible for VA services, as defined by federal law and con firmed by the Veterans Administration.
• The veteran must be charged with a criminal offense. A veteran charged with a felony offense will be considered on a case by case basis to ensure public safety. Considerations will include the seriousness and the class of the current offense, and offender’s criminal history.
• The veteran must voluntarily agree to waive his or her right to a speedy trial while they participate in Anchorage Veterans Court.
• The veteran must have no other pending cases in district or superior court. All open cases must be heard at Anchorage Veterans Court hearings.
• The veteran must have a treatment need (related to the criminal conduct charged) that the VA can address through one of its programs in order to participate in the Veterans Court Program.
Well first off Track does NOT reside in Anchorage which should immediately make him ineligible, though according to the ADN article the court has the ability to make exceptions to that rule for special circumstances.
Also according to ADN Track would have to plead guilty, or no contest, to at least one of the charges in order to qualify for this program, but he could receive a lesser sentence if he agrees to a treatment program. (Aha!)
I have also been told that these court proceedings are open to the public so there would be no expectation of a media blackout.
My guess is that the Palins know that Track is screwed if he goes to regular court and that this Veterans Court is his only hope of avoiding some serious time.
This also explains all of those continuances. They were looking for a way out.