Violence in the Courtroom

Everyone knows that divorce law is a very volatile area of practice. In the words of Pat, an attorney in New York City, divorce, death and moving are the most traumatic times in a person’s life. In a Broward County, Florida courtroom, a husband flew into a rage on Friday after Judge Ronald Rothschild ordered him to pay child support and set visitation rights for the couple’s 1-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. He began attacking his wife right in the courtroom in front of the judge and had to be subdued by being shot twice with a stun gun.

“It was surreal,” a witness said. “To see that violence play out in a judge’s chambers is somewhat surreal.”  The wife was taken to a hospital with a broken nose, broken bones in her face and a torn lip. The husband was charged with felony battery, domestic violence and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $1 million. This rage occurred between a couple who was only married 5 years , can you imagine the emotion and rage that could occur between a couple married for 20, 25, 30 or more years?… <Read More>

Celebrities Experience Domestic Violence Too! violence doesn’t only plague “normal” people – anyone can be a victim of domestic violence or dating abuse.  Even celebrities, as perfect as their lives may seem in the public eye, may have been victimized in one or more relationships.  Glamour magazine has launched a campaign featuring celebrities who are survivors of domestic violence.  Icons such as, Ashley Greene, and Emma Stone, have made videos to be featured as part of Glamour‘s “Tell Somebody” video campaign, in which they encourage those who are experiencing intimate partner violence to speak up and get help.

Celebrities Open Up About Domestic Violence – watch the video by clicking this link.

The message these celebrities are trying send is if you or someone you know is suffering from intimate partner abuse, TELL SOMEBODY.  According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center, roughly three out of four Americans know someone that has been a victim of domestic violence.

Hearing a celebrity discuss a personal experience with domestic violence may encourage victims of domestic violence or dating abuse to reach out, giving such victims hope and the desire to seek help.  Do you think the presence of a celebrity on a video will encourage abused women (and men) to seek help?  Tell us what you think because perhaps by seeing videos like this one, more victims will realize they are not alone and that help is available.

As long as one person is helped, this video campaign is a remarkable success. … <Read More>

Should Anyone Be Above the Law When It Comes to Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is one of the most prevalent social ills affecting our society. Fortunately, in recent decades the progress in legal response to domestic violence has been astonishing with the passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and the emergence of specialized and integrated domestic violence courts in 1990’s. Sadly, our legal framework still fails to deter against first offenses or prevent recidivism. Even more reprehensible is when an alleged perpetrator manages to find a way to circumvent the law.… <Read More>

Recorded Telephone Conversations Lead to More Domestic Violence Convictions to the New York Times, individuals who are incarcerated in New York for domestic abuse (or incarcerated for being suspected of domestic abuse) are increasingly having their phone conversations – the ones that they have while incarcerated – taped and used against them in court.  Often, the entire domestic violence case rests on the taped phone calls from jail.

Is this fair or unfair?  Richard Brown, the Queens district attorney, says that there is no issue of fairness because the inmates were informed that their phone conversations were being taped, and they still said things to incriminate themselves.  There are even signs posted in city jails informing inmates that their calls are being taped.  But, for one reason or another, abusers cannot help but to talk about their behavior.  Not surprisingly, abusers, even continue to intimidate their victims behind bars.… <Read More>

The Unstoppable (?) SheenMachine

Charlie Sheen.  Just say his name and people start snickering and shaking their heads.  It’s no doubt that his very-publicspiral downward has had most people comment at some point or another.  How can you not discuss it?  There was the porn star who locked herself in the bathroom when Mr. Sheen tore up a hotel room, there was his quick (and I do mean quick) stint in rehab, his recent firing from his hit show “Two and a Half Men,” and now, a temporary protective order has been issued for Mr. Sheen to stay away from his ex-wife Brooke Mueller and the parties’ twin sons, Max and Bob.… <Read More>