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On March 12 there was an article printed regarding a woman being assaulted on I-64. The story read that it required two deputies to pull off a man who was beating a woman in a snow covered ditch.
Apparently the man gave the deputies a hard time, to the point he had to be tased to bring him under control. First of all, I applaud the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and our police department for the difficult task they perform every day.
But I was shocked to read that Judge Donna Dutton felt that these charges were so insignificant that she set a bail of $1,000 cash bond. Something is WRONG here!
Undoubtedly this judge has little experience with domestic violence and does not understand what a victim endures. She is made to be a victim twice, once by the perpetrator and once by the justice system.
A very strong message was sent to women here, because that is exactly why they will not step forward and report abuse because they are not protected in the end. Again I say, something is WRONG! The officers put their lives on the line only to have the judge say no big deal. I am sure right now the woman involved is saying, "Thanks a lot, Judge Dutton.
Next time he may kill me. Will you just smack his hands then?
Editor's note: The alleged perpetrator of the attack referred to is still in the Shelby County Detention Center.