Improve Texas Law for Protective Orders

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Amanda Mckee
Amanda Mckee signed this petition

Current Texas law does not require criminal background checks of individuals against whom protective orders are filed.  Our daughter, Jenna Scott sought a protective order against an individual with an extensive criminal background and the court ruled against her protective order because the judge was not aware of the individuals criminal background - even though it was presented in verbal testimony.  Jenna and her friend Michael Swearingin were murdered 3 months after her protective order was denied. The individual whom is charged with their murder is Jenna's ex-boyfriend against whom she sought the protective order.  We would like to make it a requirement that Judges must acquire Criminal Background Checks for all individuals against whom protective orders are sought.