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Restraining Orders
A woman's right to be protected from abuse, harassment, and stalking outweighed her husband's perceived constitutional right to attend the church of his choice.

* A Louisiana court ruled that a restraining order prohibiting a husband from going within 100 yards of his wife's residence did not violate the husband's constitutional right to attend his church that was located within 100 yards of his wife's residence. Courts frequently issue restraining orders preventing a specified person (usually a current or former spouse) from being within a designated distance of a person in need of protection. A trial court in Louisiana issued such an order following a hearing in which a wife testified that her husband threatened her life with a knife, and engaged in frequent acts of pushing, shoving, choking, and beating. The court's order prohibited the husband from going within 100 yards of his wife's residence. Within a few months the husband was found in contempt of court for going within 100 yards of his wife's residence. A trial judge imposed a prison sentence of six months with credit for time already served.

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