DeLeo And Coakley File Domestic Violence Bill
Bail for accused domestic batterers would be delayed and judges would be required to undergo training on domestic violence issues under a bill introduced at the Massachusetts Statehouse.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Attorney General Martha Coakley say the legislation unveiled Tuesday was spurred by the case involving Jared Remy, who’s charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel. Remy, the son of Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, has pleaded not guilty.
Coakley called the Remy case “emblematic” of many domestic violence issues.
The bill seeks tougher penalties for certain domestic crimes and would provide judges with more information about a defendant’s history of abuse.
Accused batterers could not be released on bail for at least six hours after an arrest, allowing time to develop a safety plan for alleged victims. (Associated Press)