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Connecticut legislator's domestic violence charge granted nolle

While the most common form of domestic violence that the average American citizen hears about in the media is between romantic partners, domestic violence also includes violence between family members. A Connecticut senator was recently charged with domestic violence against her sister resulting from an incident at a family picnic. However, the legislator has been granted nolle, and no criminal action will be taken against her unless she violates the terms of her agreement.

The legislator's family had recently gathered at her house for a family picnic. Although, what seemed to be a peaceful get-together turned violent when the legislator got into a verbal argument with her younger sister. The argument escalated and at one point, the legislator scratched her sister's face.

The legislator was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. In the courtroom, the legislator vaguely commented that she was preventing her sister from taking an action that would not have been in her best interest. She later stated that she was afraid for the safety of her small nieces.

The court found that the legislator was only acting in the best interest of the children in the vicinity, and the court decided to grant her nolle. Under these terms, if the legislator is arrested again within 13 months, she could possibly be prosecuted again for her domestic violence charge; if not, her case will be completely dismissed. Especially in cases that can boil down to an instance of "he-said, she-said," it is important to remember that all Connecticut persons accused of a crime are innocent until -- and only if -- proved guilty in a court of law.

Source:, Charges dropped against legislator, Daniel Tepfer, Oct. 30, 2013

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