GOP’s Kavanaugh Questioner Rachel Mitchell Worked With ‘Sheriff Joe,’ Terrible Record Of Rape Convictions
Senate Republicans abdicated their duty to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford, and instead picked Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to handle the questioning.
The New York Times notes that Mitchell works for the Special Victims Division in the Maricopa County Attorney’s office in Arizona, the same Maricopa County that was run for decades by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of federal crimes, but pardoned by President Donald Trump.
Pinal Central noted in April that “of those who report in Arizona, only 1 of every 10 reports result in an arrest,” per the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Additionally, the clearance rate of Arizona rape cases is about 10%, below the national average of 34.5%:
The FBI, which gathers crime data throughout the U.S., recorded 3,290 rapes as reported to law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona in 2016. But police only made 344 arrests of alleged rapists.
In 2016, The Arizona Republic noted the massive backlog of untested rape kits in Arizona:
The Arizona Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force in September reported a backlog of 6,424 untested sexual-assault evidence kits in law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona, well over original estimates that there would be about 4,000.