Legislators Ponder Changes to Domestic Violence Laws

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Legislators Ponder Changes to Domestic Violence Laws


Lawmakers are considering changing domestic violence laws to require prosecution of any reported incident.

At a legislative hearing Monday, legislators were told that 70 percent of the victims of domestic violence later ask that the charges be dropped.

Rep. Laura Boyd, D-Norman, said a law might be needed that would require district attorneys to prosecute cases even if the victim changes her mind.

Mark Gibson, an assistant district attorney in Noble County, agreed with Boyd.

Gibson said he's had situations where a woman will tell him she wants charges dropped because her husband told her to do so.

He said if cases would be pursued no matter what, it would take the woman "off the hook." . . The Central Oklahoma Association of Legal Assistants has scheduled a dinner seminar, "Arbitration and Mediation," Tuesday at Boulevard Cafeteria, 525 NW 11th St. Cafeteria-style dining will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the seminar from 6-8 p.m.

Guest speakers are Ann Marshall, alternative dispute resolution administrator and law clerk; Patty Presley, administrative analyst-training specialist; and Kari Butler, arbitration-mediation coordinator. All are with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Cost of the seminar is $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers. . . A. Daniel Woska, of Woska, Hasbrook Dowd of Oklahoma City, has been appointed vice-chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee in the General Practice Section of the American Bar Association.

The General Practice Section represents about 14,000 lawyers throughout the nation.

Woska was appointed to the position for one year, concluding August 1994. . . Michael A. Rubenstein and Debra C. Cannon attorneys with McKinney, Stringer Webster P.C. of Oklahoma City, are scheduled speakers at the Oklahoma Bar Association's "Hoops, Hurdles and Barriers: Survivor Information for Small Businesses."

The seminar, designed for business owners, managers, representatives and their legal counsel, is set for Friday at the Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa and again Oct. 29 at the Oklahoma Bar Center in Oklahoma City.

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