BANGOR – In the weeks before her death, homicide victim Renee Clark asked the courts for a protection order because she was frightened of her brother-in-law.
She was killed by him, and afterward her family pushed for a new law that expands who can be covered when seeking a protection from abuse order.
“So she sought the protection from abuse. She was denied,” Assistant Attorney General Lisa Bogue said last week during the sentencing of Philip Clark, 56, who was sentenced to 43 years in prison for shooting his sister-in-law. “What this new law has done has allowed people who are related by marriage to be included in the category of people who are able to get protection from abuse.”
The new law also allows a judge to inform those seeking a protection order that a protection from harassment order also is available. That’s something the judge who denied Renee Clark’s protection order request could not do.