Sound Off for October 9th: Judge jails abuse victim. Did she do the right thing?
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — — A Florida judge sentenced a victim of domestic abuse to jail for three days for failing to show up at her abuser’s trial.
The woman ignored a subpoena to testify and later appeared before Seminole County Circuit Judge Jerri Collins. Collins chastised the woman, telling her that a jury had been picked and that the man already had a history of domestic violence.
The woman pleaded with the judge, telling her she has anxiety and a 1-year-old son to care for. But Collins says she should have come to court and sentenced her for contempt.
That hearing was July 30, but video from the courtroom was made public this week.
The man charged in the abuse case — the father of her child — reached a plea deal involving jail time.
What do you think of the judge’s decision to jail the abuse victim? Was it the right thing to do?
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