Browsing All Posts filed under »Restraining order abuse«

Alison Friedman and Karen Mallard: A Consideration of Two Congressional Candidates from Virginia Who Could Move for Reform of Corrupt Abuse Laws if Elected But Who Probably Wouldn’t

March 20, 2018


Two recent posts here have commented on a restraining order petitioned by Warrenton, Virginia Vice Mayor Sunny Reynolds. The order was grounded on an exchange of words in a restaurant that lasted “three or four minutes.” To critics of feminist-inspired civil court processes that reek of kangaroo, the absurdity of Ms. Reynolds’ complaint, for which […]

What Feminist Writer Sandra Newman Gets Right about False Accusation and Why That Disarms Her Contention That It “Almost Never [Has] Serious Consequences”

March 16, 2018


In a recent article titled, “What kind of person makes false rape accusations?” (commented on here), novelist Sandra Newman answers that, among others, people with (Cluster B) personality disorders do (sociopaths, narcissists, histrionics, and borderlines), which is true. People who exhibit the traits associated with these disorders, whether clinically or subclinically, are identified in […]

Warrenton, Virginia Vice Mayor Sunny Reynolds Explains What Legitimates the Protective Order Process

March 15, 2018


“[Warrenton, Virginia Vice Mayor Sunny] Reynolds called the protective order process ‘very difficult, both timewise and emotionally’ and said she ‘could not imagine someone [enduring it] if they didn’t have a legitimate complaint.’” —Jill Palermo, Fauquier Times The previous post examined Virginia politician Sunny Reynolds’ “legitimate complaint” to a court, indulged at a cost to […]

BABY ON BOARD: Restraining Order by Virginia Vice Mayor Sunny Reynolds Kneecaps Town Council Election Rival Who “Pointed His Finger at Her”; Letter to the Editor Criticizes Conduct

March 11, 2018


The administration of restraining orders is a frequent target of censure by First Amendment scholar and UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh in his blog, The Volokh Conspiracy. That’s because restraining orders may be exploited, besides as gag orders generally, as SLAPPs to suppress political speech, which the First Amendment is there to protect above all […]

Using BREDFELDT v. GREENE to Illustrate How Courts Frame Facts

March 8, 2018


This post quotes a judicial ruling, which is a public document. This is worthy of note for two reasons. Defendants may believe it’s unlawful to air and criticize rulings of the court, and plaintiffs may believe they aren’t accountable for their pleadings and testimony because rulings of the court are secret. Both beliefs are mistaken. […]

EPA Science Adviser Tiffany Bredfeldt’s “Victim’s Impact Statement,” Presented to the Arizona Superior Court (2016)

March 6, 2018


Tiffany Bredfeldt is a senior toxicologist at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the second largest regulatory agency of its kind in the country after the EPA. You won’t find her name among its staff, though, because for years she has alleged she’s in danger. She gave a presentation before the National Research Council […]

Why Are Pro Se Defendants More Suspect in the Eyes of Judges than Lying Accusers?

February 26, 2018


Showing candor that was as unexpected as it was refreshing, a judge I stood before in August acknowledged that he knew restraining orders were “abused” by litigants who made “blatantly false” statements to the police and the court. Doing the former is a misdemeanor crime; the latter, a felony. The judge, Tony Riojas, besides being […]