Yearly Archives: 2012

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VAWA ‘Mafia’ Making False Claims About Act’s Effectiveness

VAWA ‘Mafia’ Making False Claims About Act’s Effectiveness By Attorney Robert Franklin Dec. 28, 2012 The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization vote has been hanging fire in the Senate ever since the Spring when the House of Representatives sent its version of the bill there to be voted on. Senate Democrats have refused, demanding that [...]

By |December 31st, 2012|Bills, CAMP, Discrimination, Domestic Violence, Funding, Restraining Order, Training, Under-served Populations, Violence Against Women Act|Comments Off on VAWA ‘Mafia’ Making False Claims About Act’s Effectiveness

Canada: Man Acquitted of Molestation Charges; False Accuser not Charged

Alberta Man Acquitted of Molestation Charges; False Accuser not Charged By Robert Franklin, Esq. December 24th, 2012 The ease with which courts – both criminal and family – are used to thwart fathers’ relationships with their children is well known. For decades, lawyers have been bewailing the fact that domestic violence restraining orders are used [...]

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Rethink Domestic Abuse Laws

Rethink Domestic Abuse Laws By Steve Kropper Dec. 28, 2012 Twenty-two years ago, I stopped a knife wielding man as he chased his wife in Dorchester. I did it on protective instinct, and was lucky not to get hurt. Then, the police, prosecutors, and courts did not take domestic abuse cases seriously. Today, the pendulum [...]

By |December 28th, 2012|Child Custody, Domestic Violence, False Allegations, Law Enforcement, Restraining Order|Comments Off on Rethink Domestic Abuse Laws

E-lert: Find Hope, Know Hope, Give Hope

Dear Friends, In our line of work we come into contact with many people who are in difficult, if not desperate situations. Their perseverance to right the wrongs around them inspire us. Vladek Filler was persecuted and wrongly convicted of spousal rape by an unethical prosecutor in Maine. The prosecutor, Mary Kellett was recently recommended [...]

By |December 27th, 2012|Domestic Violence, E-lert, False Allegations, Innocence, Law Enforcement, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Restraining Order, Sexual Assault, Wrongful Convictions|Comments Off on E-lert: Find Hope, Know Hope, Give Hope

Under S. 1925, A Non-Indian Man Accused of Rape by an Indian Woman Would be Denied a Trial in Front of a Jury of His Peers

Proposed VAWA reauthorization bill would allow non-Native American males to be prosecuted for alleged sex crimes against Native American women in tribal courts even when such courts exclude non-Native Americans from the jury pool COTWA Dec. 22, 2012 The Tribal Provisions The so-called Tribal provisions of the VAWA reauthorization bill passed by the U.S. Senate [...]

By |December 27th, 2012|Sexual Assault, Uncategorized, Violence Against Women Act|Comments Off on Under S. 1925, A Non-Indian Man Accused of Rape by an Indian Woman Would be Denied a Trial in Front of a Jury of His Peers

DE Sen. Lawson to A.G. Biden on Behalf of Falsely Accused Gordon Smith

December 21, 2012 Attorney General Joseph Biden, III Carvel State Office Building 820 N. French Street Wilmington, DE 19801 Dear A.G. Biden, I write to you today with great concern for the abhorrent behavior displayed by your agency toward a mutual constituent, Gordon Smith. Need I remind you, sir, that Mr. Smith was facing numerous [...]

By |December 27th, 2012|Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Legislative Project, False Allegations, Innocence, Law Enforcement, Restraining Order, Stalking|Comments Off on DE Sen. Lawson to A.G. Biden on Behalf of Falsely Accused Gordon Smith

Oklahoma State U Shows Why Universities Shouldn’t Handle Sex Assault Claims

OSU Demonstrates Why Universities Shouldn't Handle Sex Assault Claims Adam Goldstein Dec. 17, 2012 In the past, I've made the point that universities shouldn't be adjudicating sexual assault claims. Now, Oklahoma State has provided an object lesson, by showing how much can go wrong when you let a bunch of amateur investigators pretend to do [...]

By |December 26th, 2012|DED Sexual Assault Directive, Sexual Assault, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Oklahoma State U Shows Why Universities Shouldn’t Handle Sex Assault Claims

CA: Woman Arrested for Attempted Murder of Man She Lives With

Citrus Heights police arrest woman in connection to attempted murder of man she lives with AP Dec. 22, 2012 CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - A woman was arrested for allegedly trying to shoot and kill a man she lives with Friday night. Kathleen French, 44, was arrested at her home after police responded to reports of [...]

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Research: Gender and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Criminal Justice Decision Making

Gender and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Criminal Justice Decision Making in Intimate Partner Violence Cases Stan Shernock and Brenda Russell 133 pages. Full manuscript available in Partner Abuse Vol. 3, Issue no. 4 (2012) Scholarly studies from 1985-2011 were located using a number of databases, including PSYCH-INFO, National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Criminal [...]

By |December 21st, 2012|Domestic Violence, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Research, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Research: Gender and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Criminal Justice Decision Making

Maine Bar Recommends Suspension for Asst. DA Mary Kellett

Maine Bar Recommends Suspension for Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett By Robert Franklin, Esq. December 12th, 2012 Mary Kellett The Maine Board of Bar Overseers has recommended that Hancock County Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett be suspended from the practice of law. Kellett’s case will now go before a single justice of the [...]

By |December 20th, 2012|Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, False Allegations, Innocence, Law Enforcement, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Sexual Assault, Wrongful Convictions|Comments Off on Maine Bar Recommends Suspension for Asst. DA Mary Kellett