Massachusetts House Passes Domestic Violence Bill Spurred by Remy Case

The bill passed the House unanimously Tuesday.

Jared Remy in court. Photo credit: WHDH/7-News
Jared Remy in court. Photo credit: WHDH/7-News

A comprehensive domestic violence bill, brought on by the Jared Remy case, passed the Massachusetts House Tuesday in a 142-0 vote, according to a CBS Boston report.

The bill now moves to the state Senate. House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who introduced the bill with Attorney General Maratha Coakley, has called the bill the most comprehensive overhaul of the state’s domestic violence laws in a generation.

The bill would delay bail for domestic-violence suspects, toughen penalties for offenders and train judges on related issues.

Remy, the son of Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, is accused of stabbing his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, to death last August in their Waltham home. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Last week, Remy allegedly assaulted a fellow detainee in Middlesex Jail in Cambridge.

Read CBS Boston’s full report for details of the bill >>


Jared Remy Case Spurs Tougher Domestic Violence Bill

Jared Remy Allegedly Assaults Fellow Detainee

Carolina April 10, 2014 at 11:20 AM
From the 'Boston Globe'… And on more than 10 occasions while already serving probation or waiting for an earlier case to be resolved, Remy was arrested again on new charges or otherwise ran afoul of the law — a pattern of incorrigibility that would ordinarily get a person locked up. ..'But he continued to walk, with judges extending his probation or finding creative solutions to help him avoid jail, like ordering him to move home with his parents and observe a curfew — a measure common in juvenile courts, but rarely employed for adults.'
Unknown April 10, 2014 at 02:46 PM
That bill helps. Although why there has been and increase in domestic violence could be directly relevant to the legalizing of Domestic partnerships; Civil unions to include the marriages of same sex marriages etc.. Which this is not a personal opinion, there must be some relevancy. Since the legalizing of Gay marriages then legalizing the already mentioned above that could be why there has been an increase of violence.
andipandi April 10, 2014 at 03:18 PM
If you were referring to an increase in same-sex marriage domestic violence, and if this case involved a same-sex married couple, you might have a point Virginia... but I suspect you are just connecting two very different dots that have nothing to do with this. Remy is straight, he and Martell were not married, he's just a steroid thug and his violence cannot be blamed on gay people.
Unknown April 10, 2014 at 03:24 PM
If you choose to connect dots that I didn't mention that's what you read Andipandi. The vicitm's or the pepertrator's situation is not for me to get involved with neither is the use of calling someone a steroid thug. I have no responses to make to any other persons comments. I live in this world as everyone else does as do you also.
kdemers1 April 10, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Why has it taken so long to pass this type of legislation to protect victims from their abusers? If it were not for the high profile REMY case which was grossly mismanaged by the courts and law enforcement resulting in the death of a young mother I doubt this bill would be proceeding this quickly. Hopefully WE as a society have heard enough of these tragic endings to continue protective legislation that really works. Restraining orders sadly does little to protect these victims .


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