Thursday, December 15, 2005

"No contact" means "no contact", even for justice

Any story involving domestic incidents is always a sad tale and even disproved allegations can have terrible effects on a family. I'm posting these snippets just to point out a fact involving restraining orders and orders of protection: much as the public service announcement of my college years advertised, "no means no." As in this case, if the court says to stay away from the complainant spouse, make sure your client stays away or the charges just keep multiplying. Even if your client is a judge himself...

Town Justice Jeffery P. Wick will be on the other side of the bench and runs the risk of losing his judgeship after being arrested on misdemeanor domestic-violence charges.
Wick, 31, who is completing his second year as town justice, was arrested by a Niagara County sheriff's deputy Friday and charged with second-degree menacing and second-degree harassment. His wife, Andrea L. Wick, 31, accused him of a long series of physically and verbally abusive incidents.
Justice Bruce M. Barnes of the neighboring Town of Newfane arraigned Wick and granted his wife an order of protection. But Wick returned to the couple's Quaker Road home Monday, asking for changes in arrangements for him to see the couple's four children, all younger than 9. Wick's wife said that the conversation was civil but that it also was an apparent violation of Barnes' order to stay away from his wife. As a result, Wick was arrested again and charged with second-degree criminal contempt of court.


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