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A Mother Vindicated: Landmark Cyberstalking Case  

Author:  Jamie McCalll.; Shawn A. Weede.

Source: Volume 10, Number 02, Fall 2017 , pp.37-42(6)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Jaime McCall and Shawn Weede outline the steps taken by federal prosecutors to successfully prove a case involving the gross violation of new laws against interstate stalking and cyberstalking. Through painstaking investigation and careful legal footwork, prosecutors were able to convict three family members charged with stalking leading to death—in this case, of a protective mother who, after being relentlessly harassed by her abusive ex-husband and his family, was shot to death in a murder-suicide perpetrated by her ex-father-in-law.

Keywords: kidnapping; stalking; Actus Reus and Mens Rea; Violence Against Women Act; United States v. Matusiewicz

Affiliations:  1: U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Delaware; 2: U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Delaware.

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