Judge Suspended for Crimes of Abusive Husband.
December 7, 2010 Leave a comment
(Note: Trigger warning for descriptions of domestic violence and spousal abuse.)
Carla Hartman, an administrative judge in Indianapolis, is suspended after police found evidence of a marijuana-growing operation in her home. The items belong to her husband. The police discovered it when Carla called them to her home after her husband threatened her with an axe.
This is yet another example of domestic violence victims being punished for the crimes of their abusers. Did police ever think that she may have feared reporting her husband because he might hurt her? That the marijuana might have been the least of her worries? Douglas Hartmen, her husband, sounds like a classic abuser, based off the information from the article. Aside from threatening her with the axe, he broke windows. He stole her birth certificate, law degree, and other important documents. Documents that she would need if she were to try to get away. Police found four guns in the home–this article indicates they belong to Douglas. Their presence makes a scary situation even more frightening.
Douglas Hartman was arrested, but was released after posting a $5,500 bond. Carla has been suspended without pay while the police investigate her husband. She has not been arrested or charged with anything, in fact.
There are so many things wrong with this situation, the most appalling of which is that the police and the BMV, who should be Carla’s allies, are inhibiting her by suspending her from her job, which not only gets her out of the house, but provides her with her own income separate from that of her abusive husband. It looks as though she’s no longer living with him, which is good, but it is also dangerous, because abuse tends to escalate when the victim escapes.
I hope Carla is able to escape cleanly from this situation. And I would hope that the BMV will rectify this atrocity by reinstating her immediately.