November 14, 2006

Double Standards

This is remarkable:

A state senator accused of sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old page resigned Tuesday rather than be judged by his colleagues, but said he intends to show up for the new South Dakota legislative term that begins in January.
Democrat Dan Sutton's lawyer said the lawmaker did not want to be judged by a lame-duck Senate in a special session led by some of his political enemies.

The session had been scheduled for Nov. 27 to look into allegations that Sutton groped a male high school student who served as a page. Lawmakers could have expelled, censured or otherwise disciplined or exonerated Sutton.

Despite the allegations, Sutton, 36, was re-elected last week to a new two-year term with 57 percent of the vote.

The new Senate seated in January can take up the issue.


Posted by Charles Austin at November 14, 2006 06:31 PM