A Restraining Order Is Just a Piece of Paper

“The System” is all about hearings and rulings, and not about safety. In wake of murder-suicide, R.I. Family Court proposes added screening for restraining orders.

A District Court judge found her husband, Oscar Hudson, guilty of violating a restraining order against her and issued another.

But Hudson appealed his conviction, then killed Bogran and himself a month later.

Maybe we should pass a law making it illegal for someone subject to a domestic-violence restraining order to possess a firearm. Oh, wait a minute…

As for safety?

“Everything worked the way it was supposed to,” [Family Court Chief Judge Michael B.] Forte concluded, “but it was still a disastrous result.”

I would say that if you have a dead person on your hands, you should stay away from phrases like “Everything worked the way it was supposed to.” But then I’m not a lawyer, and I’m not worried about bureaucratic procedures and ass-covering.

They are going to look into offering “services” to both parties in future disagreements. Those won’t include a Glock, a case of ammo, and all the instruction the abused spouses want or need on how to defend themselves. That wouldn’t be civilized, or something.

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