Judge denies order when victim has photograph of bruise
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A female victim recently showed a District Court judge a picture of a bruise on her arm as part of her testimony that she needed the protection of the court. The victim had previously had a final protective order against the same respondent. The judge denied the order, as well as a cross-filed petition by the respondent.
Court Watch monitors aren’t lawyers, but the petition accompanied by a photograph of a bruise, from a layperson’s perspective, certainly seemed to meet the “preponderance of evidence” standard. It appeared far more likely than not that the respondent committed an abusive act.