I hope of bringing to your attention a dire injustice that is occurring in our state as well as many others across the US.
Laws enacted to protect the victims of the vile crime of domestic violence are being misused by both citizens as well as law enforcement, and in this process innocent men & women’s lives are being destroyed. In Tennessee, the burden of proof is being thrown out and the simple word of the accuser is being taken without question, without the accused even being allowed to speak.
True victims of domestic violence find this to be deplorable. Not only can a woman or man falsely accuse a person of domestic violence without fear of consequence, but the accused person has no voice against the accuser. The accuser can be a mentally disturbed individual using such laws to enact her/his revenge against a man or woman who simply does not want to be in a relationship anymore, and the accuser’s word is automatically taken, even when no evidence is in place.
The man or woman in such cases is automatically arrested, forced to leave their own home, injunctions are automatically set in place, and even if he or she is able to prove their innocence in court they have lost months of their life due to the fact that the accuser cried wolf. Worse yet are the cases of these innocent people who are poor and have no means to hire private attorneys. Their public defenders assume they are guilty and therefore do only the bare necessities to be their legal voice.
We are not in any way asking for a revocation of the laws that protect true victims of domestic violence. Our wish is that these laws be revisited and indications made to to allow for criminal and civil prosecution when someone, whether male or female, has misused these laws in a vindictive and cunning way.
We also would ask that law enforcement officers, public attorneys, and judges be forced to recognize the precept that the accused is innocent until proven guilty.
IT’S TIME FOR THIS TO STOP AND MAKE THE FALSE ACCUSERS PAY FOR THEIR ACTIONS!
**An example of a false report can be found in the Circuit Court of Sevier County, TN Case #14-0P-253 filed on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 12:40pm by Edward (Ned) Bernard Lines
Anyone wishing to speak to District Attorney General Dunn directly should call his Administrative Assistant Stephanie Gray. (865) 429-7021 EXT. 103