Domestic violence activist speaks out in Tempe judge stabbing case

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

One of the state's top domestic violence activists is speaking out about Judge Thomas Robinson, who now faces charges of stabbing his wife nearly a dozen times. 

Allie Bones, the CEO of the Arizona Coalition to Sexual and Domestic Violence, is questioning why Chandler police didn't arrest Robinson sooner. 

"In domestic violence, these cases rely on probable cause to believe that something has happened it's a pretty low threshold in terms of law enforcement making an arrest in a domestic situation," she said. 

Bones believes police had enough probable cause to arrest Robinson after the Aug. 25 stabbing but dropped the case. 

A few weeks later, police were called to Robinson's home for a domestic disturbance but let him go, again, even though the judge's wife told officers that her husband once had stabbed her previously. 

Robinson was arrested last week after a crisis center alerted Chandler police that his wife told them that her husband had stabbed her multiple times in late August.

"I'm just shocked as a citizen as someone who works in violence prevention if there was a situation where someone was stabbed 10 times in their home and said there was an intruder that they would just let it do like that. It's stunning to me." 

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http://www.thehotline.org/ or call 1−800−799−7233.

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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