When a documentary opens with an excerpt from a 911 call you know instantly that you are going to be in for a difficult experience. Such is the case human rights watch movie festival. Chronicling the year long efforts of a mother to strengthen the legal rights of victims of domestic violence home truth is a harrowing and deeply moving portrait of a woman determined not to let her children deaths be in vain. The above mentioned call came from jessica gonzales now lenahan in 1999 in castle rock colo she had become frantic with worry when her three young daughters went missing.
They apparently had been abducted by her former husband against whom she had taken out a restraining order on domestic violence grounds. The police noting that her ex had the right to see his children once a week refused to take action. That is until the father showed up at the police station and engaged in a bloody shootout that left him dead. The bodies of his little girls who he had shot to death were found in his van. the movie includes hearbreaking footage of their funeral including the nearly unbearable sight of three small caskets slowly being wheeled into a church.
Jessica sued the police department and the town for $30 million. Over the course of four years the case made its way up to the supreme court which ruled 7-2 against her. During hsi announcement of the decision in a case concerning the brutal murders of three young girls the late justic antonin scalia that conservative legal paragon took the opportunity to crack a joke. But that wasnt the end of the story jessica by then officially diagnosed with PTSD found a more receptive legal body in the form of an international rights tribunal the inter american commission on human rights. This time jessica won leading to such important developments as the U.S. department of justice issuing its first ever guidelines about the better prevention of domestic violence.
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