Thursday, September 15, 2011

Punishment for a Domestic Violence Offence Dealt with by a “Hands On” Police Magistrate - 1905

EXCERPT: The strange sentence imposed recently on a professional beggar—a fine of 10 cents a day, to continue for two years—was being discussed by some lawyers. “It was a good sentence,” said one, “for it will keep this woman under the magistrate’s eye for all that time, was a good sentence, and an original one.”

“It reminds me,” said another, “of a sentence that I once saw meted out to a wife-beater. This man, coming home drunk, was refused admittance by his wife—was obliged, in fact, to sleep all night on the cold, hard doorstep—and in the morning, when she let him in, the man was so infuriated that he struck the woman on the arm. He was, of course, arrested, and the magistrate sentenced him to fight the bench. To fight the bench; to fight the magistrate, a Sullivan of a fellow; and the unlucky wife-beater weighed no more than a hundred pounds. The fight came off at three in an alley behind the courtroom, and the wife looked on while the husband took as cruel and bloody a beating as I have ever seen inflicted.”

[“Some Strange Penalties.” The Minneapolis Journal (Mn.), Feb. 23, 1905, p. 14]


• You have been told that before the rise of feminism in the 1960s that domestic violence against women was tolerated by society as acceptable behavior and was not taken seriously by police and the courts.

You have been lied to. The people who told you these lies were paid to tell them you. In most cases you paid your own money (taxes and tuition fees) to be lied to.

Here is one of countless pieces of evidence that demonstrate the truth.

• To see more eloquent, vivid evidence proving the lie and giving you the truth, see:

19th Century Intolerance Towards Domestic Violence

Treatment of Domestic Violence Against Women Before 1960this post collects cases classified by the form of punishment or sentencing (whether judicial or through community action)

No, the claim that laws created by males were for the benefit of males is false. Yes, the "Rule of Thumb" myth has been proven to be a marxist-feminist hoax, taking an ancient English common historical notation published in the 18th century and extrapolating it into unsupported claims that 18th and 20th century United States communities, courts and legislatures (laws on the books) were in agreement with the18th century historical notation (Blackstone).


“[O]nly since the 1970s has the criminal justice system begun to treat domestic violence as a serious crime, not as a private family matter.”

From the entry: “Domestic Violence” on

This claim has been proven to be false.


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