New Law Seeks to Protect Domestic Violence Victims From Abusers' Frivolous Lawsuits

A Collierville lawyer, now imprisoned for thrice attempting to murder his wife, has inspired a new state law designed to protect domestic violence victims from “abusive civil action,” The Commercial Appeal reports. Three years after being sentenced to 30 years for his actions, Fred Auston Wortman III is representing himself and continues to force his ex-wife back to court with “frivolous” lawsuits. The new law would stop a victim from having to testify in a hearing “against a perpetrator with whom they may have a close relationship.” It also amends bond conditions to require the courts to impose a 12-hour holding period, notification to the victim and a no-contact order as a condition for making bail.
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