Archive for Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Legislators approve bill that strengthens domestic violence laws

March 31, 2010


Legislators have sent Gov. Mark Parkinson a bill supported by the parents of Jana Mackey, a Kansas University law student who was murdered in summer 2008.

The bill would expand the kinds of crimes that could be considered domestic violence and require authorities to direct offenders into treatment programs.

Mackey, who was well-known for her work on many social justice issues, was killed in Lawrence by a former boyfriend, who subsequently committed suicide.

Christie and Curt Brungardt of Hays, who pushed the bill, issued a statement through Jana’s Campaign, saying they were “overwhelmed” by passage of the measure.


Richard Payton 5 years, 8 months ago

Who are the authorities? Are any of the authorities violent? A restraining order is just a piece of paper is what I tell my kids.

Kirk Larson 5 years, 8 months ago

Well, it's something. After all, it was only, what, twenty or so years ago that a man could legally rape his wife in Kansas.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 8 months ago

Until law enforcement and the governments that support and pay them can be held responsible for enforcement of restraining orders and writs of protection domestic violence laws aren't worth the paper on which they are written. According to SCOTUS no official government entity that supports a law enforcement service has any legal obligation to protect the citizenry that supports that enforcement agency with its taxes whether they have a legal writ for that protection or not. Until this legal loophole is closed (and it may actually take an amendment to the US Constitution to do it) victims of domestic violence have no real protection under the law.

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