This happened to me. My daughter was 10 months old before we were married. Hal Richardson was on probation for 95 DV conviction 8 mos prior (part of which entailed NO CONTACT w Victim).
When all other coercion did not work--He took my infant daughter from her from daycare, to the Indian reservation.
The Toepka, Kansas local authorities (and FBI) would not go get my daughter, said it was treaties or such. No one, even w restraining order, and probation requirements and conviction in hand-- would get my daughter back to me.
Our captor (ex) HAL RICHARDSON said if I ever wanted to see my child again, I would marry him (in another state MO. as he was on probation in KS for crimes against myself).
Eventually after no 'authority' would help me, I did marry him, got my daughter back 3 days later, I left him two days after that and never went back. That was in 1995.
In 2005 I found the State and county were we were married, and had it annulled as a 'shot gun' marriage. (although I was by this time divorced and still in custody litigation w abuser in Kansas) it was a self principled matter by this time.
I am glad they arrested this bully. There is always some coercive control going on when women 'go back' or 'marry' the perp they have restraining order on.
A Decatur, Illinois couple found out on Wednesday that the legal system doesn’t play well with couples who have filed domestic violence charges with the court system.
Billy J. Rutherford was arrested Wednesday for allegedly violating the terms of his bail while waiting outside a Macon County courtroom, moments before getting married by Associate Judge Thomas Griffith, reports Decatur Herald & Review. He was planning on marrying the same woman who had him arrested a few months back for domestic violence.
Rutherford was charged with one count of aggravated domestic battery and three counts of domestic battery back in March after he had “been beating on her (his girlfriend) all day.” On March 9th, the victim was granted an order of protection from Rutherford, which he violated two weeks later. He was arrested for violating the court order and bailed out of jail on March 27th.
According to Pantagraph.com, Rutherford wanted to be a married man when he went to court for the domestic violence charges on Monday. It also states that the couple wanted Judge Griffith because he represented them both separately when he was a private attorney
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Rutherford may face charges of violation of bail bond and could face up to 364 days in jail for violating the court order. This is in addition to the other charges that are currently stacked against him.