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Woman Jailed for Killing Abusive Husband Wins Rare Pardon

French president shortens sentence of woman who killed violent spouse

(Newser) - Thanks to French President Francois Hollande, Jacqueline Sauvage will be leaving a French prison in April after serving three and a half years of a 10-year sentence for killing her husband, the Guardian reports. Sauvage—who said Norbert Marot, her husband of 47 years, was an alcoholic who raped and... More »

'American Pie' Singer's Wife Describes Alleged Attack

She says the incident went on for 4 hours, 'craziness in his eyes'

(Newser) - TMZ got a look at the legal documents in the Don McLean domestic violence case , and the gossip site says the "American Pie" singer's wife of 30 years, Pat, was indeed the alleged victim. According to TMZ, Pat says McLean assaulted her for four hours Sunday night... More »

Palin Seems to Partly Blame Obama for Her Son's Arrest

'I guess it's kind of the elephant in the room'

(Newser) - A day after Sarah Palin's son Track was arrested on domestic violence charges, the former governor of Alaska appeared to blame his troubles—at least partly—on President Obama not supporting veterans, the Washington Post reports. "I guess it's kind of the elephant in the room because... More »

Track Palin Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

Girlfriend says he hit her, threatened to shoot himself

(Newser) - While Sarah Palin was endorsing Donald Trump in Iowa, her oldest child was facing domestic violence charges in Alaska. According to court documents obtained by Gawker , Track Palin, 26, was arrested at his parents' home on Monday night after an ugly incident in which he allegedly punched and kicked his... More »

Afghanistan's Latest Furor: Woman With Nose Cut Off

Reza Gul pictured online after abusive husband attacked her

(Newser) - To call attention to the plight of women in Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission tweeted a gruesome picture Monday. The image shows 20-year-old Reza Gul just after her husband sliced off her nose; someone in the picture is holding what appears to be the nose in a plastic... More »

Cops: Woman Attacks Fiancé Over Recycled Ring

She believed he'd given the exact same engagement ring to an ex

(Newser) - A Florida woman allegedly attacked her fiancé after realizing—at least in her mind—that she wasn't the first woman to whom he'd given the exact same engagement ring, the Smoking Gun reports. Inga Daftartiene was watching TV and drinking wine at home last Friday when she decided... More »

Woman's Head Found Inside Concrete Block in Lake

The block was attached to her drowned husband's hand

(Newser) - A man strangled and dismembered his wife, entombed her head in concrete, and then used the concrete block as a weight to drown himself in an Austrian lake, authorities said Tuesday. Police official Gottfried Mitterlehner said the couple were a 72-year-old man and his 71-year-old wife from Germany but did... More »

Opie and Anthony DJ Charged With Domestic Violence

Woman uploads Periscope video showing fight between her and Anthony Cumia

(Newser) - Last year he was fired from SiriusXM for a string of "racially charged and hate-filled" tweets. Now disc jockey Anthony Cumia is facing new troubles after a domestic violence incident at his Long Island home. The 54-year-old former co-host of the Opie and Anthony radio show was arrested Saturday... More »

Madonna: Sean Penn Never Assaulted Me

She's supporting his $10M defamation lawsuit

(Newser) - Madonna says Sean Penn never assaulted her during their tempestuous marriage in the '80s and it's "outrageous" for anybody to claim otherwise. Madonna is supporting Penn in his $10 million defamation lawsuit against director Lee Daniels, who Penn says falsely accused him of domestic violence, People reports.... More »

Ex Speaks Out on Dating George Zimmerman and Topless Photos

'He’s a very charismatic person when you first meet him'

(Newser) - “It’s horrible. It’s very violating." Twitter suspended the account belonging to George Zimmerman on Thursday after he tweeted topless photos of his ex-girlfriend Heather, along with her phone number, her email address, and accusations that she slept with a "dirty Muslim" and stole guns and... More »

Cops Called to Stop Domestic Violence— Against Spider

Witnesses heard man screaming 'die, die!'

(Newser) - "At this point, the male became very sheepish." So goes a recent Facebook post from the Harbourside Local Area Command of the New South Wales Police in Australia. Officers had gone to the Wollstonecraft apartment after receiving calls from neighbors concerned about an apparent domestic violence incident occurring... More »

Man Vows to Kill Wife, Employer Sends Her Home

That's when the state stepped in

(Newser) - New York's attorney general says a department store has agreed to change its policies to better accommodate domestic violence victims in an agreement that "stands as a model for other employers." Jodi Porter explains that she showed up to work at a Bon-Ton store in Williamsville, NY,... More »

Boy Tells Judge Why Mom Should Stay in Jail

'I have seen what she did to my dad,' 10-year-old writes

(Newser) - Bradyn Takach's mother is in prison and that's exactly where the 10-year-old Ohio boy wants her to stay. In a letter to a judge in Warren County, Bradyn explains why he doesn't want Shannon Smith to be awarded early release at a hearing this week, WLWT reports.... More »

Judge Shows No Pity, Sends Abused Woman to Jail

Video of what occurred in a Seminole County courtroom has gone viral

(Newser) - A Florida woman reported being choked by the father of her son while she held the 1-year-old on April 2. The man served 16 days for simple battery—but she ended up in jail herself for three days. A now-viral video has surfaced well after it was shot in a... More »

Dog Deemed Part Wolf Saved From Euthanasia

Judge reverses decision, will send 'Karma' to a wolf sanctuary

(Newser) - When Josh and Tiffany Ogle were arrested in a domestic violence dispute in Orange County in May, the couple lost their four kids to foster care and their dog Karma was impounded. At that point animal control deemed the animal a wolf-dog hybrid that could not get the rabies vaccine... More »

Guy Drives for Miles With Ex on Hood of Car: Police

Including on the interstate

(Newser) - Louisville police had to deal with a strange domestic violence incident Sept. 17 after Jesse Haigler Jr., 38, and another man (the two "formerly lived together as a couple," police say) got into a fight while in the alleged victim's car in a hotel parking lot. Haigler... More »

Girl Thrown in Pond Dies; More Charges Loom for Dad

Alan Lassiter already charged with trying to drown his 3 kids

(Newser) - The North Carolina man accused of trying to drown his children faces new charges after his 3-year-old daughter died yesterday, three days after police say Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter tried to drown her and her sister in an apartment complex pond. Authorities have not released the girl's name. The... More »

Ghost Hunters Found Dead After SWAT Standoff

Mark and Debby Constantino had appeared on Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures

(Newser) - A pair of ghost hunters were found dead in a Nevada apartment yesterday following an hours-long standoff with SWAT teams in what is likely a domestic-violence incident, the AP reports. They were identified by police as paranormal investigators Mark and Debby Constantino, who had made numerous appearances on Travel Channel'... More »

Sean Penn Sues Director Over Domestic Violence Allegations

The actor didn't appreciate being compared to Terrence Howard

(Newser) - Oscar-winner Sean Penn is suing director Lee Daniels for comparing him to another actor, Terrence Howard, in terms of their alleged history of abusing women, E! Online reports. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter , Empire co-creator Daniels discusses Empire star Howard being sued by his ex-wife for domestic violence.... More »

Young Man Opens Fire in Alabama Church: Cops

James Junior Minter, 26, is arrested in Selma

(Newser) - A man has been charged with three counts of attempted murder after shooting his girlfriend, their baby, and a clergyman at a church in Alabama, authorities said today. James Junior Minter, 26, of Selma, Alabama, was arrested after opening fire during services at the Oasis Tabernacle Church in East Selma,... More »

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