I venture to say that the case would not have been dropped by the U.S. Justice Department. Not only that, but had Allen been a person of color, and his victims white, the whole way the case has been handled since his name surfaced in the investigation of Josef Beohm for child sexual abuse would have gone down a different set of routes.
Although the Federal government has dropped their case, Allen violated a number of Anchorage and Alaska statutes. Were Roberds white, rather than Yupik, and Allen black, tea party wannabees would be all over this by now.
Gov. Sean Parnell would be announcing the creation of a team to prosecute Allen very publicly.
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan would be coming home early from a vacation to announce that Anchorage should take the lead in the prosecution, not the state.
At least Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has issued a statement on the DOJ decision:
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is questioning the Justice Department's decision not to pursue charges against former Veco Corp. Chairman Bill Allen in a child sexual abuse investigation.
In a letter written Saturday to Attorney General Eric Holder, Murkowski says she was "shocked and dismayed" to read about the decision. The letter asks Holder to find out why prosecution was declined and to report those findings to the senator's staff.
Sen. Murkowski's entire letter is worth reading (PDF).
Sen. Mark Begich, who was Anchorage Mayor at the time these sex crimes were committed hasn't made a peep on this yet. And the Anchorage Daily News, despite one of Richard Mauer's best investigative articles in months being the reference work on this case, has neglected to take up this issue in an editorial.
This is such a racist state.
image - Paula at age 15