BY HOWARD PANKRATZ
© 1983, Denver Post
DENVER - Critics of Denver District
Court Judge Alvin Lichtenstein, under
heavy fire for a two-year sentence given
last week to a man who murdered his
wife, say that sentence is not an aberration.
Members of Denver's legal community,
particularly women, believe Lichtenstein
always has had a sexist attitude and has
shown an insensitivity toward women,
particularly to battered women and the
victims of sexual assaults.
." What has so outraged women about the
judge's recent decision giving Clarence
Burns a two-year, nights-only jail term in
the death of his wife is that Mrs. Burns
supposedly did everything the way she
should have in leaving her husband.
"She did everything according to the
system," said Beth McCann, a chief deputy district attorney. "She had a lawyer.
She got a court order. She did everything
she was supposed to do."-
But in his ruling, the judge said the
combined effect of leaving her husband
without telling him first, and then giving
him no notice where she and their son
would be, was both a "provocation" and a
"deception" on Mrs. Burns' part.
Said Lichtenstein: "The court finds that
this affected the defendant sufficiently so
that it excited an irresistible passion as it
woul,d in any reasonable person."
"This is not an isolated incident," said
Denver lawyer Jacqueline St. Joan of
Lichtenstein's sentence for Clarence
Burns. "It is the first time it has gotten so
much publicity." She is a leader of the
Colorado Coalition for Justice tor Abused
Husband's sentence in killing blasted
DENVER (UPI) - An incensed Dottie Lamm, wife of
Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm, told !F>() people at a
protest rally that actions of a judge who imposed a
two-year, work-release sentence on a butcher convicted
of killing his wife condoned violence against women. Lt.
Gov. Nancy Dick also attended the rally to protest the
j sentence given Clarence Burns, 47,
Paul Newman's * Verdict' Gal: A Woman Needs
To Be Slapped Around
"If women got a slap in the face more often
they'd be a bit more reasonable," declares actress
Charlotte Rampling — who gets socked in the jaw
by Paul Newman after betraying him in "The Verdict."
And Charlotte, married
with three children, admitted as she sipped champagne
in a London hotel suite:
"Sure, I've been hit by a
man in real life.
"There ARE times when a
man is justified in using violence, hitting a woman. Yes.
"A man is justified when
he has sufficient provocation. And there are many,
many, many circumstances
in which a man should react
this way. My God. Oh yes.
"If a woman goads a man,
she often asks for it — and
quite often doesn't get it.
And when she is -hit, she
quite possibly likes it because it puts her back onto a
Then waving a cigarette,
Charlotte laughed: "I'm not
going to get out of this hotel
alive. There will be women's
lib parading with banners after this."
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