Restraining Orders Make Casual Interpretation of Superficial Facts Easy, Privative, and Enduringly Crippling

February 9, 2016


Most restraining orders are issued ex parte, that is, based exclusively on the testimony of the accuser. Making hyped, skewed, or false allegations against someone who’s not there to contradict them, and making those allegations persuasive, isn’t hard. Hearings to finalize orders based on ex parte rulings, furthermore, may begin and end in 10 minutes. […]

An Aggressive Approach to Restraining Order Policy Reform: Threaten to Sue the State Courts Administrator in Federal Court

February 3, 2016


Restraining orders are public records, and recent posts have concerned or commented on their publicity and the unavailability of having their traces expunged even if orders are dismissed by their petitioners or otherwise vacated. This post highlights the pioneering efforts of one Missouri civil rights lawyer to upset the imbalance by threatening to file a federal lawsuit. “Unless expunged, […]

What Are Restraining Order Fraud, Fraudulent Abuse of Process, and Fraud Generally?: Two Scientists Demonstrate

January 31, 2016


Lying means uttering a falsehood. Fraud means lying with the intent to deceive and mislead. Fraud on the police means lying with the intent to deceive and mislead the authorities and induce them to act in error on bad information. This is called false reporting, and it’s a statutory crime. Fraud on the court means lying […]

The So-Called Dialogue about Restraining Order Injustice and How It Might Be Redirected with Smarter Words…Like FRAUD

January 29, 2016


Okay, first, there is no “dialogue” (or “debate”) about restraining orders. That’s a misnomer. There are uninfluential people speaking truth to influential people (occasionally) and influential people calling uninfluential people crazy (typically). That’s not communication, so it’s not a conversation. The only dialogues are between influential people talking to influential people (e.g., politicians with anti-domestic-violence […]

States that MAY Allow Records of “Protective Orders” to be Expunged…and Why They’re So Few

January 26, 2016


“The consequences that arise once a protective order is entered against a person (the respondent) are substantial. Though technically considered civil proceedings, protective orders have a close relationship to criminal law. The consequences of having a protective order entered often include restrictions on constitutional rights in addition to financial obligations. Violations of protective orders bring […]

The Darkness Is a Test

January 24, 2016


Of all the blogs and legal cases I’ve read, in the darkness of them, there seems to be one common factor. It is not a corrupt judge, prosecutor, ineffective attorney, or even the alleged victim, it is in comparison, more valuable than all of them combined, and without it our system would collapse.

How to Prepare a Motion to Dismiss (Exemplified by Using the Blog Author’s Case)

January 22, 2016


The previous post concerned strategies for defendants who may not be able to afford a crack team of attorneys to advocate on their behalf to nevertheless defend themselves capably. This post will consider how that’s done by using the author’s pending criminal trial as an example. Constitutional Law Prof. Eugene Volokh’s treatment in the Washington […]


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