Domestic abuse and violence are an all-too-common problem across the country. Abusers and victims come from all walks of life and appear across every demographic, even ones that are unexpected. A case that recently made its way through the Ohio family law system involves accusations of domestic violence against someone who wouldn’t normally be suspected of such a crime -- that person is a judge.
According to local authorities, a common pleas court judge has recently been accused of assaulting his wife. Police say that he punched, choked and bit her, after they had a disagreement while driving in their car. A witness claimed to have seen the altercation and called for first responders after the car proceeded through traffic erratically. The injuries the wife allegedly suffered required hospitalization, though she has since been discharged.
The judge was arrested and charged with felonious assault. A protective order has been issued against him that says he cannot contact his wife or children until the court approves. If a grand jury indicts the judge, it could severely affect his career, as he will be suspended from his judicial duties until the case is completed. The judge has since posted bond and is awaiting further court action.
Victims of domestic violence can be made to feel afraid of their attacker, who is often someone who they otherwise love and trust. No matter who the alleged perpetrator is -- in this case involving someone the public likely holds to a higher standard -- a protective order may help some victims avoid further altercations as part of any related Ohio family law case. It is important for those involved to know that they do not have to face these important issues alone, whether proceedings are pending in criminal court and/or in family court. A thorough understanding of one’s rights may help to produce as favorable an outcome as possible.
Source: abajournal.com, "Judge is charged with felonious assault, accused of punching, choking and biting his wife", Martha Neil, Aug. 4, 2014