Monday, March 21, 2005

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Castle Rock v. Gonzales

The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today regarding criminal restraining orders, in other states they are called protective orders and orders of protection, and whether or not police have an obligation to enforce them. If the court rules that the police are not required to enforce these orders then, they are essentially useless pieces of paper. Here is the article in Newsweek. This is a very important case for victims of domestic violence, who have gone to court seeking protective orders as a step in gaining their freedom with some safety from abusers. If the Court chooses to effectively nullify these orders, victims all over the United States will be left vunerable to the horrors of the home they fled.