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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Contempt, Take 2: California Senate Subcomittee Forwards Domestic Violence Contempt Bill

Earlier, I wrote about a proposed California state shield law, under which judges would not be able to hold domsetic violence victims in contempt for refusal to testify against their alleged attackers.  Well, after a 3-2 partisan vote by the Senate Public Safety Committee, the bill is being forwarded and must pass the full Senate and Assembly.  The vote is considered a major step toward the passage of the bill, and was reportedly based in large part on the testimony of Katina Britt, the woman was threatened with jail for not cooperating with the prosecution of her ex-boyfriend and whose case provoked the bill.

-CM

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Sometimes I am shocked by the laws that get forgotten, either by being left on the books or overlooked. I remember reading about how California used to force incest victims to participate in the rehabilitation of their abusive family members. Crazy stuff.

Good luck with the blog and hope all is well.

Posted by: -WB | Mar 26, 2008 8:34:26 PM

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