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Louisville Police Chief’s Son Faces Felony and Misdemeanor Charges

The son of Louisville Police Chief Robert White is facing two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge stemming from an altercation with his wife.

Thirty-year-old Robert C. White was driving with his wife on Monday evening. According to police reports, he struck her in the head and face, then held her against her will. She eventually jumped from the moving vehicle and was taken to Jewish Hospital to receive treatment for what police call significant injuries. White went to another location, where he was arrested. White faces charges of second degree assault, first degree unlawful imprisonment and third degree terroristic threatening.

“[Chief White] does stand behind our officers’ actions and believes appropriate charges were placed due to the circumstances the officers were confronted with at the scene last night,” says Sgt. Robert Biven.

The chief is out of town, and Sgt. Biven says he’s not sure whether he heard about the arrest from his son or from the police.

“Around 6:00, domestic violence detectives were in route to both locations. I’m sure that information evolved very quickly,” he says.

Robert C. White is being held on a $50,000 bond. The prosecutor’s office says it’s still too early to determine any potential conflicts of interest with the case.

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Sisters in Pain

Saturday, September 4, 2010 9pm

Producer: Down to Earth Productions
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When a battered woman resorts to violence against her abuser, is she guilty of a crime? Or do her actions qualify as justifiable self-defense?

In the Peabody Award-winning documentary Sisters in Pain, three formerly battered women share their riveting, intimate and honest stories of abuse, arrest, imprisonment, and, finally, freedom.

These women are among the “sisters in pain,” 13 battered women in Kentucky who, in the 1980s and early 1990s, stood up to their brutally abusive husbands and boyfriends, and were subsequently found guilty of violent crimes.

When Kentucky’s Governor Brereton Jones learned of the “sisters in pain” and their stories, he became convinced the women had acted in self-defense. In a controversial move, Jones granted all of the women clemency on his last day in office. This was only the third mass clemency for battered women in U.S. history.

image: Quilt square made by the Sisters in Pain while in prison.

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Legal Professionals, Advocates Discuss Amanda's Law

The attorneys, law-enforcement officers and advocates who make up the Louisville Metro Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council met today met Thursday to discuss Amanda’s Law.

The law took effect last week. It’s meant to better protect domestic abuse victims. Among other things, it allows for GPS tracking of certain accused abusers and extends the time limit for serving protective orders after abuse is reported.

The council’s meeting was held so the attendees could learn more about enforcing and following the law. Council co-chair Carol Cobb says this and future meetings not only help enforcement, but can uncover gaps in the law that need to be addressed.

“I think the more we talk, inter-agency-wise, the better prepared we’re going to be to fine-tune this law so victims will be protected,” she says.

Cobb says she didn’t see any shortcomings in the law at first, but legislation is often fine-tuned over the years as problems emerge.