Among the things that don’t count …

[Bernadette Powell, a black woman from Ithaca, New York, is now serving a 15-year-to-life sentence … because in 1978 she shot and killed her ex-husband.]

[T]he Tompkins county prosecutor … argued … that [she] had no reason to fear bodily harm from her ex-husband because although the man admittedly had committed many violent acts against her—there were hospital emergency room records and eye-witnesses to prove it—his motivation was ‘sexual’.  In other words, a woman’s broken bones and broken spirit don’t count if the man who broke them had sex on his mind.”  (emphasis mine)

from “Family Matters,” Ann Jones

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