Police chief blocked protective order against ex-officer before murder-suicide, wife alleges
The wife of a former police officer who killed himself, an accomplice and his two daughters says a Pa. police chief blocked a court order she had sought.
Victims’ groups seek to end appearance fee in Md. protective orders
Groups representing Maryland domestic violence victims are urging lawmakers to enact legislation barring circuit court clerks from charging attorneys an appearance fee in protective order proceedings, saying the $10 to $20 charge creates a needless hurdle to legal representation at a perilous time. The groups have stated that a statutory ban on appearance fees in […]
Protective order, hate crime, hairstyle bills become law
Measures to expand protection for alleged victims of sexual assault, ease the standard for proving a hate crime and broaden the state Maryland civil rights law’s definition of “race” to include ethnic hairstyles will go into effect Oct. 1.
Divided Senate passes bill extending protective orders to acquaintances
ANNAPOLIS – A divided Senate passed legislation Thursday that would enable alleged victims of sexual assault to seek protective court orders against acquaintances who allegedly attacked them. The Senate’s 30-16 vote follows the House of Delegates approval last week of a similar bill to broaden the existing law that permits alleged victims to seek protection […]
Senate gives initial OK to bill extending protective orders to acquaintances
ANNAPOLIS – The Senate gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill that would enable alleged victims of sexual assault to seek protective court orders against acquaintances who allegedly attacked them. The measure would broaden existing law, which permits alleged victims to seek protection orders in district court against family members or romantic partners. Current law […]
Bill to expand protective orders to acquaintances draws fire in Md. Senate
ANNAPOLIS – A bill to enable alleged victims of sexual assault to seek protective court orders against acquaintances who allegedly attacked them drew fire from Senate opponents Thursday as an improper and possibly unconstitutional expansion of a law intended to protect people from family members or romantic partners who have turned violent. Current law permits […]