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I was going to post this in the relevant thread, but see that they are now locked.  So:

By the way, if anyone is curious or confused about the dynamics of how one violates a restraining order, and the impact of stuff like accident and reasonable beliefs and all, I will point out what I often like to remind people to try when they are confused about the elements of a crime:  try reading the publicly available jury instructions for that offense!  They aren't always a model of clarity, but they generally shed some light in a more layperson-friendly way than statutes or case law.

So, here's the model instruction on violation of a restraining order:

http://www.mass.gov/courts/docs/courts-and-judges/courts/district-court/jury-instructions-criminal/6000-9999/6720-violation-of-abuse-prevention-order.pdf

Date: 2014-07-11 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zzbottom.livejournal.com
Thank you for this link. It's good information to have.

Date: 2014-07-12 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lifecollage.livejournal.com
Thirded, very much so.

Date: 2014-07-12 01:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mangosteen
Fourthulated.

Date: 2014-07-12 02:51 pm (UTC)
beowabbit: (Default)
From: [personal profile] beowabbit
Umpty-umpthed. (And thanks for the notion of looking for jury instructions. Would not have occurred to me.)

Date: 2014-07-13 03:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nacht_musik
Thank you for sharing this. I was actually considering asking you for related information, and it's good to know I can consult lay-accessible jury instructions.

Date: 2014-07-16 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] satyrgrl.livejournal.com
You are awesome for sharing. I just fell down this particular rabbit-hole, and am formulating my post, but am grateful you where here to say "Look! Jury Instructions!"

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