Browsing All posts tagged under »false allegations«

The Madwoman in the Chimney: Feminine Fixation, Jealousy, and Restraining Order Abuse

November 17, 2014


According to popular conception, only men can be stalkers. That’s because according to popular conception, men are dangerous; women aren’t. Sure, women get lovestruck—or sometimes love-stuck—but they’re harmless, after all. The engineers of this myth, of course, which today informs all things social, from art to behavioral science to the law and its enforcement, are feminists and their advocates. Sympathy for battered […]

Living in the Crosshairs: Crackpot Neighbors, False Reports, and Restraining Order Abuse

November 15, 2014


I bonded with a client recently while wrestling a tough job to conclusion. I’ll call him “Joe.” Joe and I were talking in his backyard, and he confided to me that his next-door neighbor was “crazy.” She’d reported him to the police “about a 100 times,” he said, including for listening to music after dark […]

How Dogma Is Preserved: A Feminist Law Professor Is Awarded a $500,000 Grant from Uncle Sam to Prove Claims of False Allegations in Family Court Are “Junk Science”

November 6, 2014


“Ten years ago, about one in 10 domestic violence arrests involved women as defendants. Now, it’s one in five in Michigan and Connecticut, one in four in Vermont and Colorado, and more than one in three in New Hampshire. Public officials are trying to figure out what’s going on. They are especially mystified because, according […]

Criminalizing Criticism: Restraining Orders, the First Amendment, and Chan v. Ellis

November 1, 2014


This search term brought a visitor here a day or two ago: “restraining order in ohio because a couple texts.” It struck a chord with this author, because he himself was issued a restraining order on a similar basis (three emails over a weekend). There were accompanying allegations, but the court’s final ruling was based […]

Hocus-Pocus: More on False Restraining Orders and the Five Magic Words

October 30, 2014


Some recent posts on this blog have touched on what might be called the five magic words, because their utterance may be all that’s required of a petitioner to obtain a restraining order. The five magic words are these: “I’m afraid for my life.” Cops, it’s even reported, tell women whom they goad to get […]

The Five Magic Words: What Do Restraining Order Defendants Mean when They Say They’ve Been Falsely Accused?

October 29, 2014


A presumption of people—including even law professors—is that when restraining order defendants say the accusations against them are false, they mean that specific allegations of fact made by their accusers are untrue. This is a misunderstanding, and it’s a totally understandable one that accounts for the incredulity expressed by proponents of the battered women’s movement […]

“How Can a Judge Just Approve a Restraining Order when the Woman Is Lying?”

October 28, 2014


The title of this post is a search term that led someone here, presumably a man. Women who’ve been lied about wonder the same thing. The simple answer to the question is there’s nothing in the law that says a judge can’t award a restraining order to a liar. It’s not illegal. We think of judges […]


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