Ten Years of Lies Lived Every Day: A Biography of Legal Abuse

November 19, 2015


The perdurability of bad “protective order” and “domestic violence” laws owes to several sources, principle among them “ethics.” Phrases like “rape culture” and “epidemic violence against women,” bolstered by ubiquitous images of cowering kids and black-eyed models, coerce the conscience. Because what is bad law is understood to serve a good cause—the protection of women and children—its potential […]

If a Judge Has Unlawfully Ordered You Never to Speak or Write ABOUT Someone, Matthew Chan Wants to Tell Your Story

November 15, 2015


“A civil harassment order creates a new crime that can only be committed by the respondent. Actions that would otherwise be lawful—such as attending a school sporting event or placing a telephone call—become potentially criminal. Even if no criminal prosecution follows, other less extreme but nonetheless perilous legal consequences exist. The issuance of a past […]

Another Way False Testimony Is Concealed: The Unconstitutional “Prior Restraint”

November 13, 2015


Courts are properly authorized to sanction acts of defamation—publicly lying about someone—but they’re not authorized to prohibit truthful speech or opinion (even if it’s negative), and they’re not authorized to prohibit speech acts before they’ve even been committed. An order of the court that prohibits future speech is called a prior restraint, and it’s unconstitutional […]

Introducing the “Indefinite Temporary Restraining Order”

November 11, 2015


No, this isn’t satire, and Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22, didn’t coin the phrase “indefinite temporary.” It’s a capsular commentary on the state of our courts, however, that actual judges can actually use a phrase like this in actual rulings that affect actual people. That these judges can actually get away with it says a […]

Court-Abetted Trespassing, Burglary, Larceny, and Embezzlement:  A Terminally Ill Man’s Story of Restraining Order Abuse

November 8, 2015


“I know the purpose of the site is to decry the injustice of being falsely accused. Just have some sense of proportion, please. It’s terrible to be falsely accused. It can have many horrible consequences. It’s still light years away from being raped.” —Comment submitted Friday I believe the man who gives the account that […]

Counterfeit: The Art of Feminism

November 6, 2015


“An Artist’s Perspective is a feminist exhibition with 26 women artists raising their voices to tell individual stories that advocate for the fight for social, cultural, economic, and political rights, and the inclusion of all voices in its push for gender equality and identity using a woman’s voice as the visual narrative to effect change. […]

The Rape Victim’s Trauma in Court Is the SAME Trauma Experienced by the Falsely Accused

November 6, 2015


“[Tina] Renton still has nightmares about her time in the witness box. ‘During the day I can cope with it. In my sleep…. You can’t control your subconscious.’ She dreams of ‘running and never being able to find anyone able to help you’ and of ‘standing in court, people laughing at you, but you don’t […]


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