The Gist

Did Track Palin Get Off Easy?

When a man strikes a woman with a fist in most jurisdictions, would this typically lead to a misdemeanor?

Sarah Palin wags a finger at the 2008 Republican National Convention, when she was the vice presidential nominee.

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