In a case closely watched by advocates for domestic abuse victims, several Supreme Court justices on Wednesday expressed serious discomfort with a D.C. law that lets the victims themselves bring criminal prosecutions to enforce restraining orders. The case asks whether these individuals -- often battered women who work without the help of a lawyer -- are acting as agents of the government. During oral argument, at least four justices wondered aloud about the protections afforded to defendants facing such charges.
High Court Justices Appear Skeptical of Private Contempt Prosecutions
The National Law Journal
April 1, 2010