WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Watchdog Group Says Courts Doing Better Job In Montgomery Co.

Play associated audio
Laurie Duker, executive director of Court Watch Montgomery, offered her list of safety recommendations for domestic violence victims to Montgomery County in October.
Markette Smith
Laurie Duker, executive director of Court Watch Montgomery, offered her list of safety recommendations for domestic violence victims to Montgomery County in October.

A watchdog group says courts in Montgomery County have improved, but not enough, when it comes to shielding domestic violence victims from their alleged attackers when they face each other in court.

Last October, Court Watch Montgomery put out a scathing report, saying judges and courthouse personnel were putting domestic violence victims in "unnecessary" danger by making it easy for their alleged attackers to confront their accusers outside of courtrooms while still inside the courthouse.

Six months later, Court Watch reports improvements, including greater use of "staggered exits" from courtrooms, where victims are allowed to leave first and get to their transportation while the alleged abuser is held back in the chamber. The group says much more must still be done, citing one example where a victim was stopped inside a courthouse by her ex-partner as she tried to attend a restraining order hearing.

NPR

'The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear' Echoes Real-Life Republican Race

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.
WAMU 88.5

How History Influences Diets In D.C. And Around The World

Kojo and chef Pati Jinich look at how history -- and famous names like El Chico, Azteca and even Fritos -- shaped modern Mexican-American cooking in the Washington region and beyond.

WAMU 88.5

Implications Of The Supreme Court's Immigration Ruling

Many undocumented immigrants are living in fear after a Supreme Court ruling effectively barred deferred deportation for 4 million people. What the ruling means for families across the country and how immigration policy is playing out in 2016 election politics.

NPR

Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.