Recently in Florida a 23-year-old young woman was murdered by a man who had been stalking her for at least two years.  A week before her stalker murdered her, Alissa Blanton had been in court requesting an order of protection against him and the presiding judge denied her request.  The stalker, Roger Troy, arrived at her place of employment armed and pretty obviously intent on harming Ms. Blanton.  After shooting her a several times, he used the same firearm to kill himself.  Realistically, the order of protection wouldn’t have been worth the paper it was printed on if Mr. Troy was determined to kill Ms. Blanton.  But it is sad that the judge didn’t feel that stalker was dangerous enough to grant the order of protection.  In one news article it states that the judge “had not been able to determine whether Troy’s actions met the legal definition of stalking.”  But Ms. Blanton actually quit her job and moved out-of-town to get away from him.  He continued to e-mail her threatening e mails and show up at her new place of work.  I’m not sure how there’s any question about whether that’s stalking or not.  I wouldn’t go as far as to say the judge in question is responsible for her death.  As I said earlier, an order of protection most likely wouldn’t have stopped Mr. Troy’s actions.  But I don’t think it shows very good judgment to have denied that request.  And apparently others agree with me, since the judge is now under review by the Judicial Qualifications Commission.  Just a tragic, sad story all around.  Ms. Blanton had reported the stalking and documented it and requested an order of protection.  She’d removed herself from the environment where she first met her stalker and moved away and changed jobs.  She’d taken all the right actions to end the stalking only to ultimately die at her stalker’s hands.  At only 23 years old.  It breaks my heart for her family.  Here is a link to the news article I quoted above.  AOL news story Feel free to share your comments and thoughts below.

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