Started by KellyMB, Jun 05, 2006, 07:58 PM
"It was certainly disappointing," said prosecutor Carol Shipley. "It was very emotional. What she went through was detailed graphically. Anyone listening to that would've been upset by it. ... We presented evidence that she was as violent as he was, but the jury felt she should be acquitted."In 1985, Orange was charged with murdering her husband, Frank Orange. She shot him six times with a stolen rifle, but claimed she'd been acting in self-defense. When the jury couldn't reach a verdict, she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 17 years to life.
a day after she was acquitted by a jury that was able to rehear her murder case under a law that grants new trials to battered women.
Gee, and to think I am unable to get a protective order though there are tons of police reports and witnesses about my ex threatening, harassing and assaulting me. I guess if I killed her I could make the same claims and get away with it?
The reluctance of men to report domestic victimisation can be seen from official sources. Police force statistics for recorded incidents of domestic violence show proportions of male victims varying generally between 10 and 20%, although some forces show higher proportions (Yarwood (1997) (29) ). Comparison of these relatively modest proportions with the prevalence of male victims of domestic assaults revealed by academic studies and in Home Office Research Study 191 (15) results, showing a proportion of 40% male victims in the long-term, strongly suggests, therefore, a substantial under-reporting by men of domestic violence against them by female partners, far more than by female victimsEven if men attempt to report their victimisation, they are likely to find they are discriminated against. In an American study of police officer responses to victims of domestic violence (Buzawa and Austin (1993) (30) ), male victims were unanimously critical of police officer reactions despite the fact that the male victims were reported to have sustained more severe injuries than the female victims in the study. http://www.dewar4research.org/docs/pdm.pdf
There is already evidence within both family law and criminal law that some women, falsely claiming self-defence as a motive for their violence, are able to manipulate the legal process trading upon the prejudice that exists against male victims. "I saw Austin once and he was cut down the side of his face from his ear downwards ... She broke his nose once and he was so ashamed he told everyone at work he'd been mugged ...She was bragging about it and thought it was great a girl could do that to a man." Sister of Austin White, who was stabbed through the heart and left to die on the floor by his girlfriend. (as reported by Su Pennington, Independent on Sunday, 29th November 1996). http://www.dewar4research.org/docs/pdm.pdf
Various studies have shown women admitting making assaults on male partners and not claiming that it was in self-defence. In America, Mann (1990) (16) investigated a sample of women imprisoned for murder of their male partner and found that not one claimed to have been battered. She also found that 70% killed their victims when they were drunk, helpless (bound), or asleep, and that nearly 60% pre-planned the killing"The battered woman syndrome illustrates all that is wrong with the law's use of science". (Introduction, page 68). " The battered woman syndrome ultimately fails because it was never a matter of science to begin with, and yet it was treated as a "scientific fact" by courts."http://www.dewar4research.org/docs/pdm.pdf