11.05.2007

Better Than Court TV

There was a pretty interesting hearing in the County Court at Law this morning. A lady was seeking a protective order against her husband (or ex-husband) and for one reason or another, the cops were a little nervous. I bet I counted six sheriff's deputies in the courtroom that were there for added security. I watched a little bit of the hearing and it was pretty bizarre. The husband indicated that God had told him he was a prophet about seven years ago and would be sending him on a journey. Throw in guns, an assault, a reference to six kids, a trip to Israel, a pet mouse, a miscarriage, the spanking of a kid at an airport, a request for a recess in order "to break water", and a mental confinement then you have a pretty entertaining hearing. The motion for a protective order was granted by the way.

12 comments:

Pete Bond said...

I thought my wife's ex-husband was the goofiest loon around, Wonders never cease!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I so desired for it to be over!!!!!!

Pat Slayton said...

Unfortunately, we have more of these in Wise County than most would ever think. Kudos to the County Attorney, Law Enforcement, the Judge and this blog for highlighting a problem that might otherwise go un-noticed or be unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

"Would any one of you fellers happen to have a Bible?"

(last movie line spoken by Wise County's own Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, from a jail cell to Texas Rangers John Wayne and Ward Bond in 'The Comancheros')

Anonymous said...

I was there at the Courthouse and saw the same thing Barry. I also went outside before the deal was done inside and saw at least five Sheriff Deputies walking around outside and looking in vehicles.........security was high, that we know for sure.

Anonymous said...

Did he go to that Victory church?

Anonymous said...

He is a man of God, why would they treat a Christian like that?

House of R & R said...

Do those protective orders really work? If someone wants to kill someone, it will happen.

Anonymous said...

Only if you people knew! Luckily nothing happened. Once you go coo-coo for coco puffs your done!

Condoleesa said...

Was the Protective Order against my ex? It sure sounds like him.

Anonymous said...

Coincidentially, I read this article this morning. From American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence

"Reports indicate some 86% of the women who received a protection order state the abuse either stopped or was greatly reduced."

James Ptacek, Battered Women in the Courtroom: The Power of Judicial Response (1999), (reviewed in Meda Chesney-Lind, James Ptacek, Battered Women in the Courtroom: The Power of Judicial Response, 35 Crime, L. & Soc. Change 363 (2001)).

Also:
"A six-month longitudinal study, found that among 65 abused African-American, White, Hispanic, and Asian women applying and qualifying for a protection order against a sexual intimate, only half of the women actually received the order."

Julia Henderson Gist et al., Protection Orders and Assault Charges: Do Justice Interventions Reduce Violence Against Women, 15 Am. J. Fam. L. 59 (2001).

Anonymous said...

Protective orders are most effective when taped to the barrel of a 357