Monday, January 16, 2006

Effectiveness of Restraining Orders

Las Vegas SUN: Victims question effectiveness of protection orders They aren't very. Basically if someone is willing to follow the rules, they work. But if people were following the rules, you probably wouldn't be filing for an order of protection.
Rizk was attacked by Steven Wasserman, an ex-boyfriend armed with a 2-foot sword on Oct. 25, the day she went to court to extend a restraining order against him.

Wasserman was charged with attempted murder and has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

"Restraining orders are nothing," Rizk told the Reno Gazette-Journal after a two-month hospital stay. "Women need to take it upon themselves and maybe get a gun. ... I didn't realize how much danger I was in."
If they don't respect the law (it is illegal to batter), and don't respect your right to tell them to get lost, are they going to respect a court order?

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