ACLU Hails ‘Landmark’ Ruling Against U.S. by Int’l Human Rights Body

Susan Jones

( – Never mind what the U.S. Supreme Court decided. An international tribunal says the U.S. government violated the human rights of a Colorado woman, whose estranged husband murdered their three children.

Jessica Gonzales, as she was known in June 1999, complained that police in Castle Rock, Colo., ignored her repeated calls for help, after her husband defied a restraining order and took their three young daughters, later shooting the girls to death.

Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States is the first case brought by a domestic violence survivor against the United States before an international human rights body, said the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented Jessica Lenahan, as she is now known.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) — in what the ACLU called a “landmark” decision — is now recommending changes to U.S. law and domestic violence policy. It made those recommendations public on Wednesday.

In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that Gonzales had no constitutional right to police protection…

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