Judge Jeanine: 'Battered Women Are Often Not Given the Protection They Need'
On "Justice," Judge Jeanine Pirro shared her view on battered women and how all too often they are not provided with protection.
Judge Jeanine pointed to New Jersey woman Carole Bowne, who applied for a pistol permit because she knew a restraining order wouldn't protect her from her violent ex.
"Because she was not granted the permit in a timely manner, she was unable to defend herself when Michael Eitel showed up at her home and stabbed her to death," Judge Jeanine said. "In spite of Bowne's status as a recognized domestic violence victim, there was no urgency on the part of the police to move her application along."
"But it's no surprise. Battered women are often not given the protection that they need."
Watch Judge Jeanine's remarks above and read the transcript below.
BEFORE WE GO TONIGHT - MY VIEW ON BATTERED WOMEN AND THE PROTECTION WE PROVIDE THEM.
MOST FIREARM APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RULED ON WITHIN 30 DAYS. A SEEMINGLY INNOCUOUS RULE - WITH DEADLY CONSEQUENCES...
LIKE MANY BATTERED WOMEN –
CAROLE BOWNE FROM NEW JERSEY COULD ALMOST PREDICT THE LEVEL OF DANGER SHE FACED FROM HER ABUSER.
THAT'S WHY SHE APPLIED FOR A PISTOL PERMIT ON APRIL 21ST.
SHE KNEW THAT HER RESTRAINING ORDER WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A PIECE OF PAPER - AND COULDN'T PROTECT HER FROM HER VIOLENT EX.
BECAUSE SHE WAS NOT GRANTED THE PERMIT IN A TIMELY MANNER –
SHE WAS UNABLE TO DEFEND HERSELF WHEN MICHAEL EITEL SHOWED UP AT HER HOME AND STABBED HER TO DEATH.
IN SPITE OF BOWNE'S STATUS AS A RECOGNIZED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM - THERE WAS NO URGENCY ON THE PART OF THE POLICE TO MOVE HER APPLICATION ALONG.
BUT IT'S NO SURPRISE - BATTERED WOMEN ARE OFTEN NOT GIVEN THE PROTECTION THEY NEED...
AND WHEN THEY TRY TO PROTECT *THEMSELVES* - THEY FACE UNNECESSARY RED TAPE THAT PREVENTS THEM FROM SAVING THEIR OWN LIVES.
CAROL BOWNE IS NOT ALONE. THERE ARE *MANY* BATTERED WOMEN WHO KNEW THEIR DEATHS WERE INEVITABLE. THEY STAND WITNESS TO OUR SOCIETY'S CLAIM THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT THEM.
WE DIDN'T PROTECT CAROL WHEN WE EASILY COULD HAVE.
CAROL AND OTHER SILENT WITNESSES SURROUND US ASKING WHETHER WE REALLY HAVE THE WILL TO PROTECT THEM.