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The Falsely Accused

UPDATED! 3/24

In Maryland, a bill proposed by attorney Wallace Kleid aims to expunge records of those falsely accused of domestic violence. I think we should expunge the records of anyone falsely accused of any crime. On a surface level it just makes sense. However, in crimes such as rape and domestic violence, where victims are notorious for failing to follow through with prosecution, how do we determine the falsely accused? How can we tell if Joe Schmoe has been falsely accused?

Bill targets records of those falsely accused of domestic abuse

By Julie Bykowicz | [email protected]

Wallace Kleid testifies before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on a bill concerning domestic violence records expungement. Kleid spoke about his experience of being wrongfully accused by a former spouse of domestic violence and the impact that allegation had on his reputation. Though Kleid, a lawyer, was cleared of the allegations, he continues to be affected because records of the legal procedings are available in the public domain. (Baltimore Sun photo by Glenn Fawcett / March 12, 2009)

Even victims advocates acknowledged, by the end of a Senate hearing today, that people falsely accused of domestic violence should be able to erase their public court records.

"Everyone's agreeing this is a problem," said Lisae C. Jordan of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

The question is what to do about it, they said. Senators took up the contentious issue of how to expunge the records of protective orders that are denied for lack of evidence or because the accuser fails to come to court. The House of Delegates resurrected the legislation, which it had killed a day earlier, and a committee is working on amendments...
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Maryland’s Efforts To Claim That Domestic Violence=False Allegations is Defeated



A recently proposed bill in Maryland, SB 467/HB 1181, sponsored by Norman R. Stone and Thomas V. Mike Miller in the Senate, and Luiz R. S. Simmons in the House, attempted to eliminate a public record of denied or dismissed protective orders. Since the orders are difficult to get, and are frequently used AGAINST the victims to accuse them of Parental Alienation when they have children, this would just be one more nail in the coffin for victims of domestic violence if it were to be passed.

PLEASE DON’T EVER FORGET ABOUT THE THREE CASTILLO CHILDREN WHOSE FATHER DROWNED THEM IN A BATHTUB - THEIR MOTHER WAS DENIED AN ORDER OF PROTECTION!

Castillo case in Maryland -In battles for custody, children often pawns

The executive director of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, Michaele CohenBowie, addresses the issue that it is more common for victims to be unfairly accused of making “false allegations” as part of the power and control dynamic exercised by abusers. In other words, the abuser lies and FALSELY claims that the victim is lying. There are many lawyers and psychologists available to re-victimize the victim by accusing the victim of “Parental Alienation Syndrome” for a price. This re-victimization in court is just another form of abuse. It happens most frequently when the victims have children with the abuser. The abuser seeks to inflict Maternal Deprivation on the children and the mother as another form of abuse. For more info see: Maternal Deprivation...



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