Archive for Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Jana Mackey’s parents praise new law aimed at reducing domestic violence

Gov. Mark Parkinson signed a bill into law Tuesday to help better track repeat offenders. Parkinson hopes the law will lead to a decrease in the domestic crimes.

April 20, 2010


— Gov. Mark Parkinson said Tuesday a new law aimed at identifying domestic violence earlier should lead to a decrease in the crime.

Parkinson’s comments came during a ceremonial bill signing of House Bill 2517 at the 13th annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference.

He was accompanied by former Attorney General Bob Stephan, members of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, and Christie and Curt Brungardt, the mother and stepfather of Jana Mackey, who was murdered by her former boyfriend in Lawrence in 2008.

“I’m thankful that so many fought for this bill,” said Christie Brungardt.

The new law is designed to identify domestic violence offenders in legal proceedings, track repeat offenders, and requires courts to order assessment of offenders and recommend treatment programs.

Christie Brungardt's daughter, Jana, served as a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate and lobbyist for the National Organization for Women. Mackey was murdered by Adolfo Garcia-Nunez, who was arrested in New Jersey and then committed suicide in a holding cell.

Curt Brungardt said if someone like Jana could be the victim of domestic violence, “this could truly happen to anybody.”

The couple are trying to raise awareness about domestic violence statewide, nationally and internationally.

Parkinson said it’s a noble mission. “The treatment of women on this planet is shameful,” he said.


Liberty275 7 years, 11 months ago

How about murder and assault are already illegal. Do we really need 20 different laws for every crime?

And what BillOfRights said too, with the caveat that not all a-youknowwhats are violent. Take me for instance. I'm not violent at all..

Ray_Finkle 7 years, 11 months ago

Because you tards, sometimes people end up with bad people who aren't instantly identifiable as bad people (like you).

Adrienne Sanders 7 years, 11 months ago

Because there's a difference between two guys getting in a fight at a bar, and a guy beating up his wife/ girlfriend. Two random guys getting into it are not likely to ever meet up again. A guy who beats up one girlfriend is going to beat up every girlfriend he ever has, most likely. It's not the same situation.

mdrndgtl 7 years, 11 months ago

dulcinea47 IS very sure of his/herself, most likely. But is the once wife or girlfriend batterer a future repeat-offender?

Tim Quest 7 years, 11 months ago

Statistics say yes.

The idea that someone can be against this is amazing and appalling. Didn't realize there were so many woman-beating fans here on LJW.

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