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Lenny Letter No. 21 | Will the Supreme Court Let These Domestic Abusers Get Their Guns Back?

(02/17/2016) That view puts her even further at odds with victim-advocate groups, several of whom have filed friends-of-the-court briefs in the Voisine case. Their experience has taught them that while, yes, it makes perfect sense to separate careless driving from attempted vehicular manslaughter, you can't draw such distinctions when it comes to domestic violence, which is a fundamentally different kind of offense. Its injuries are often inconspicuous, and it's a crime that puts women in fear and jeopardy every day, not just at the moment of a climactic strike. An erratic slap or a careless push, compounded over the span of a volatile and manipulative relationship, qualifies as domestic violence every bit as much as a beating planned in advance.

[AEquitas Attorney Advisor, Teresa Garvey, contributed to one of the "friends-of-the-court briefs in the Voisine case," which can be found on the SCOTUS blog's case page for United States v. Voisine, under "Brief amici curiae of Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project, et al. filed. (Distributed)," filed January 26, 2016.]

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