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Thu Aug 20, 2015, 09:05 PM

No "Battered Wife Syndrome"? *GRAPHIC*

An update on the ongoing tragic saga of Tracey Grissom.

She remains in Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, just north of Montgomery. If you are interested, her Facebook page, maintained by her friends, logs a record of her ongoing medical issues and Alabama correctional facility treatment (and what happens there). Tragedy is the proper descriptor.

As recently reported in the "Daily Mail"

REVEALED: How judge withheld these abuse pictures that could have saved mother-of-two from 25-year jail sentence by proving she did NOT shoot dead violent husband in cold blood

By Belinda Robinson For Dailymail.com

Published: 15:55 EST, 19 July 2015 | Updated: 09:26 EST, 10 August 2015

A mother-of-two who was jailed for 25 years after being convicted of murder had vital pictures of her abuse withheld by a judge that she says could have proved that she shot her estranged husband dead in fear of her life and did not murder him.

Tracey Grissom, 32, shot her ex-husband Hunter Grissom four times at the Binion Creek boat landing in Northport, Alabama, in 2012.

But a judge decided not to include the evidence of the brutal domestic abuse that she suffered and she was convicted of murder after eyewitnesses said her ex-husband Hunter was 'running away from her not running toward her'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3167410/Mother-said-shot-unarmed-ex-husband-four-times-self-defense-convicted-25-years-prison-murder.html#ixzz3jPBBqLkS

The judge wouldn't allow the jury to see photos or hear about the ongoing criminal case regarding the victim:





We used to have a legal defense called "Battered Wife Syndrome."

Now known as "Battered Persons Syndrome" as more politically correct terminology.

From wiki - Battered person syndrome:

Battered person syndrome is a physical and psychological condition of a person who has suffered (usually persistent) emotional, physical, or sexual abuse from another person.[1] It is classified as ICD-9 code 995.81 "Battered person syndrome" not elsewhere classified (NEC).

The condition is the basis for the battered spouse defense that has been used in cases of physically and psychologically abused spouses who have killed their abusers. The condition was first researched extensively by Lenore E. Walker, who used Martin Seligman's learned helplessness theory to explain why abused spouses stayed in destructive relationships.[2]


In recent years BPS has been questioned as a legal defense on several grounds. First, legal changes in many states now make it possible to admit a history of past abuse into evidence. Second, not all battered persons act the same. Third, it pleads pathology when there may in fact be completely rational reasons for the victim's assessment that their life or that of their children was in danger. For example, if life-threatening attacks were preceded by a certain look in the eyes in the past, the victim may have had probable cause for believing that another life-threatening attack was likely to occur. Fourth, it does not provide for the possibility that a person may be abused but have chosen to kill for reasons other than on-going abuse for example, jealousy or greed. Fifth, it paints survivors of domestic violence exclusively as passive victims rather than resourceful survivors. [12][13][14][15]

The highlight in the excerpt above describes exactly what Tracey Grissom describes happened at the dock when she shot her ex-husband. "He had this face..." Probable cause.

The ongoing tragedy of domestic abuse. It goes on and on.



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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 09:10 PM

1. Yes it does, justice was denied to her as it is for far too many

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Response to AuntPatsy (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 09:28 PM

2. Our ideal is "Justice and Mercy."

Our reality is 'revenge and punishment.'

Our criminal justice system is another failed institution. "For far too many," AuntPatsy.

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 09:54 PM

3. Very true, I used to be a very trusting person, who believed justice would eventually

be served, that belief is no longer valid, far too many horrific events such as that poor woman...

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 09:58 PM

4. maybe somebody should talk to that judge's spouse. bet there are a couple of skeletons in

that closet.

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