Browsing All posts tagged under »restraining order stories«

What’s Legal, What’s Iffy, and What’s Not: How to Talk about a “Restraining Ordeal” without Risking More of the Same Mistreatment

January 12, 2014


Technically, freedom of speech is your Constitutional right. Technically, you can say anything, and if it’s true (and not a state secret), it’s not actionable. “Not actionable” means you can’t be sued for saying it (or shot). Technically, you can even say blatantly defamatory things if you’re defaming someone back to protect your own interests. […]

A Call for Restraining Order Stories and Statistics (Especially Concerning Fraud)

September 16, 2013


My previous post notwithstanding, I want to invite visitors to contribute links to information (including statistics, local or otherwise) or links to online editorials or news stories related to abuses of restraining orders that they found particularly trenchant, enlightening, or compelling—or alternatively or additionally to contribute stories of their own, whether first- or second-hand. Also […]

Statistics of Fraud and Misuse Are beside the Point: Restraining Orders Hurt People

September 12, 2013


Inconvenient statistics have been cited in support of restraining order reform for many years, statistics like 8 in 10 restraining orders are obtained either on dubious grounds or downright fraudulent ones. This stat, drawn from a West Virginia study, was formerly cited on Wikipedia but has since been quashed. Unnecessarily, probably. Restraining order injustice is […]


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