LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jasmine Stone entered a Kentucky courtroom as the prosecution's named victim in a domestic violence case. She left in handcuffs after recanting her assault claims against her boyfriend.
Jefferson District Judge Sheila Collins ordered Stone jailed last week on a charge of filing a false report.
Stone was released about six hours later when another judge set aside her $10,000 bond. Prosecutors and her public defender cooperated in winning her release, and a third judge dismissed the charge the next day.
Now advocates for domestic violence victims worry Stone's treatment could discourage other victims from going to court.
Kim Susser is director of the New York Legal Assistance Group's Matrimonial & Family Law Unit. She says Stone was revictimized in a way that could have a chilling effect.