Louisa’s Law will “Stand up to Violence against Women”

BettyJean Kling

We are looking for an attorney to write the language for Louisa’s Law which will require those with the power to do so to “Stand up to Violence against Women”

It’s time to stop slapping the hands of perpetrators of violence against women and children. Let’s hold them fully accountable for their actions. Let’s hold prosecutors feet to the fire – no more plea deals when violence does happen. Let’s hold Judges accountable for sentencing these violators to the fullest extent of the law by handing down stiff sentences.

On the meantime I urge you to join us in calling an end to a proposed plea deal in the case of George Hartwig. Below a sample letter.

September 7, 2010

To: John L. Molinelli
Bergen County Prosecutor
10 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601

State Vs. George Hartwig Re: Louisa Rodas

Dear Prosecutor Molinelli:

My name is Myra Spearman; I am a survivor of domestic violence and the Founder and President of The Weaker Vessel, Inc. We successfully and proactively maintain a database of domestic violence offenders which is viewable by the general public. It is of great importance to us that women and men are able to recognize and stop abuse before it happens to them.

I am writing this letter to you because I am profoundly saddened that there is some discussion of a plea agreement in the case of George Hartwig who savagely beat and disabled Louisa Rodas. I am asking you to proceed to trial and prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law. It is important that justice be served and that the family of Louisa is able to achieve some measure of closure.

If you merely offer a plea agreement you will allow the possibility for his release into society in the future. Mr. Hartwig has already shown us the consequences of his actions, allowing him to plea will significantly endanger more lives upon his reentry. He has clearly proven himself to be a repeat offender and we cannot allow recidivism to continue. We understand that you’re extremely busy but would implore you to review the case and proceed to trial.

I know you understand fully the extent of what you might allow to happen if you decide to offer a plea. Before you do, think about Louisa and the struggles she has left. She will never be normal again, she’s lost half of her brain, her face and is severely disabled and will need 24 hour care for the rest of her life. Prosecute this case as you would if Louisa were your daughter!

 I, as well as other important women’s rights and advocacy groups will continue to watch this case very closely. It is my sincere hope that you will use your legal expertise to win a conviction in this case.


Myra Spearman
The Weaker Vessel, Inc.
P.O. Box 2603
Gary, IN 46403