Our client’s restraining order request was denied because the trial court did not believe that what happened to her — multiple calls to law enforcement and child welfare with no legitimate purpose except to harass and control her — was abuse under California law. The court of appeal agreed with our client that those were acts of abuse. Even though people generally have a first amendment right to contact law enforcement, that right does not protect harassing abusive behavior.
Thanks to our co-counsel at Crowell & Moring, and our stellar law clerk Kaumron Eidgahy who helped prepare co-counsel for oral argument and worked on our publication request.
Unpublished (pending court rule as of 10/11/2023)