TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Nov 18, 2015

“Did a judge cross the line with an alleged domestic abuse victim in court?” is the opening line in a WATE news story questioning recent comments from Knox County Judge Chuck Cerny. After an alleged assault victim spent the night with the man accused of attacking her, Cerny threatened the victim with contempt and accused her of using her hormones, not her brain, to think. “No one seems to understand the level of danger that abusers pose," victim's rights advocate Amy Dilworth said after listening to the judge’s comments. "The level of brainwashing that they put in place and that victims can’t just leave."