CPF Rally for Harry Stewart in Quincy

Fatherhood Coalition members from across the state picketed Quincy District Court on June 18 and July 23 in support of coalition member Rev. Harry Stewart, who is charged with three counts of violating a 209A domestic abuse protection order.

Stewart's motion to dismiss the charge was scheduled to be heard on June 18, but the presiding judge decided to take the day off.

This didn't deter the two-dozen protesters who marched in front of the courthouse from 9 till noon. The protest garnered a minute in the NECN TV afternoon news broadcast, and a minute or so on local AM radio news.

On July 23, the date of the continuance, CPF members again showed up, but the matter was again continued, after the assistant DA presented a 15-page rebuttal. Presiding Judge Welch continued the matter until September 25 without reading either motion.

The Patriot Ledger ran a short story the following day.

One of the alleged violations occurred last summer when Stewart helped his son with a package as he exited Stewart's vehicle at a visitation drop-off. According to the terms of the protection order, Stewart is not allowed to leave his car at pick-ups and drop-offs. The mother was not even present at the home - a baby-sitter informed her later.

All of Stewart's alleged violations have been of the no-contact provisions of the 209A protection orders his ex-wife has held against him since the breakup of their marriage.

Another alleged violation against Stewart was dismissed this past winter. Stewart left his car to pick up his son who had fallen down when the child was being returned to the mother. When asked by a Quincy magistrate if Stewart admitted to violating the order, Stewart replied that he "chose to help his son." Because of the potential embarrassment to the prosecution, the magistrate wisely chose to dismiss that violation. Harry spent the weekend in jail (no bail for this dangerous offense!) when this transgression occurred.

An earlier restraining order prevented Stewart from entering the town of Weymouth, where he formerly lived for 16 years and ran a youth ministry, the Fire Escape Ministry.

Quincy District Court is held up as a national model for its domestic violence programs and policies.

 

News and Commentary from the New Guard of the Father's Rights Movement

Volume 2, Issue 1
September, 1998

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