Saturday, January 21, 2006

Letterman restrained

Jeffery Leving and Glenn Sacks write:
A Santa Fe judge recently granted a temporary restraining order against TV talk show host David Letterman on behalf of a woman.

She alleges Letterman - who works in New York City and whom she has never met - has mentally harassed her through his TV broadcasts.

The woman also claims Letterman and fellow celebrities Regis Philbin and Kelsey Grammer have been conspiring against her. ...

Many, if not most, domestic violence restraining orders are simply tactical maneuvers designed to gain advantage in high-stakes family law proceedings. The Illinois Bar Journal calls the orders "part of the gamesmanship of divorce."

According to the Justice Department, 2 million restraining orders are issued each year in the United States, the vast majority of them related to domestic violence allegations.
It is unclear whether the judge read the request before signing the order against Letterman. Either way, it proves that these orders are granted frivolously. Next time you hear about someone who is a subject of a restraining order, remember that he could be as innocent as Dave Letterman.

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