Sen. Grassley Defends Rights Of White Men Who Abuse Women On Tribal Land

from ThinkProgress

Last week, Grassley was one of just 22 senators—all Republican men—who voted against reauthorizing VAWA  [Violence Against Women Act].  During a town hall meeting in Indianola on Wednesday, a woman asked him to explain his vote. Grassley responded that the legislation is unconstitutional, a belief shared by at least five of his colleagues.

Since the Constitution guarantees citizens the right to a trial among a jury of peers, Grassley reasoned that white men would be deprived of their rights if those who were accused of violence against Native American women had to appear in a tribal court. “On an Indian reservation, it’s going to be made up of Indians, right?” Grassley said. “So the non-Indian doesn’t get a fair trial.”  Watch.   (click here to read the entire story)

 

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