ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 17, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) National Council of Churches of Christ noted posting bail for woman accused of killing husband who beat her; details given.
(Boston, Massachusetts: Joe Bergantino) Concern that legal system doesn't take battered women seriously examined; details given, scenes shown. [WOMAN - describes beating.] [Jennifer ROSA, Doris SCHRAMM - describe situation.] Linda Moser's husband noted killing her and daughters after police refused to intervene; details given, scenes shown. [SCHRAMM - feels wife beaters need to be arrested.] Police handling of domestic violence cases discussed. [Massachusetts anti-crime council spokesperson Sarah BUEL - cites need to treat domestic violence as serious crime.] Judge Paul Heffernan and others said under investigation in Massachusetts for their handling of domestic violence cases. [Voice of victim Pamela DUNN - asks court to protect her; remarks transcribed on screen.] [Voice of HEFFERNAN - belittles Dunns' problems; remarks transcribed on screen.] Dunn's murder in August and chgs. against husband noted. [Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women spokesperson Charlene ALLEN - blames Heffernan for Dunn's murder.] 1 judge investigating Heffernan noted defense him. [Police OFRS. - feel used.] [ROSA - wants court to protect battered women.]
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