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Restraining Orders to Protect the Elderly, the Disabled, and the Workplace

For two weeks we’ve covered the two main restraining orders in California. First it was the domestic-violence restraining order; then it was the civil-harassment restraining order. Here are two more to mention for now. One is a restraining order for elders and dependent adults. To get one, you must be at least 65 years old Read More

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California’s Civil-Harassment Restraining Order

Last week it was the domestic-violence restraining order, or DVRO. This week it’s the other main type of restraining order: the civil-harassment restraining order. It can help protect you from everyone else in life: from perfect strangers to people outside your immediate family or dating history. That can be a friend, a neighbor, a roommate, Read More

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California’s Domestic-Violence Restraining Order

As promised last week, here’s the scoop on restraining orders in California. First is the domestic-violence restraining order, or DVRO for short. It’s a court order that can help protect you from the abuse of people close to you. Because it’s a domestic-violence restraining order, it only applies to people who are or were married, Read More

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Get a Restraining Order

A toxic relationship can happen to anyone. You. Me. Our parents or children, siblings or relatives, friends or coworkers. And they do happen to people—all the time. They always have, and they always will, so long as the world turns and people continue to interact. If you find yourself in one, you may not know Read More

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Murder, Manslaughter, or Self-Defense?

True story. One homeless man killed another in a street fight, and they charged him with first-degree murder. He was convicted at trial, but last week, the California Court of Appeal reversed that conviction and sent the case back. Why? The defendant had pleaded self-defense, but the trial court didn’t let him present expert testimony that homeless Read More

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The Courage of Our Convictions

Speaking of self-defense cases, here’s a story you don’t hear very often. A retired judge in New York has prompted the courts there to overturn a murder conviction that he believes was a mistake, and here’s the thing: the judge says he’s the one who made the mistake. In 1999, Frank Barbaro presided over the trial of a white man who was accused of shooting a black man outside a movie Read More

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