Governor Expected To Sign GPS Stalking Bill Into Law

Governor Cuomo is expected to sign into law a piece of legislation that was inspired by the murder of a Western New York woman.

It was two years ago when Jackie Wisniewski of West Seneca was killed by her former boyfriend, ECMC doctor Timothy Jorden.

After Jackie broke up with Timothy Jorden in March of 2012, Jorden began stalking her.

He placed a GPS tracker on her car, once Jackie discovered the device she went to police in West Seneca.

But West Seneca police could not charge Jorden because use of a GPS device for stalking was not against the law.

Now however that is about to change.

Within the next week, Governor Cuomo is expected to sign into law legislation sponsored by state senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes that makes use of GPS systems or other electronic devices for the purpose of stalking a crime.

Dave Wisniewski, Jackie's brother, spoke on behalf of his family at a news conference on Thursday.

Dave Wisniewski: "We would just like to have a chance of changing Jackie's story from one of sadness to one of pride....with the chance to save others."

The new law will shift the onus for pursuing criminal charges away from victims of domestic violence and on to law enforcement.

Mary Travers Murphy of the Family Justice Center: "This is a tool that law enforcement can use effectively to hold these abusers accountable and the most important message is that nobody, nobody, nobody deserves to be in an abusive relationship and deserves to be stalked."

The legislation will also make it easier for victims of domestic violence to obtain orders of protection from their abusers.

In 2012, there were more than 6,300 cases of domestic violence in Erie County.

If you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic violence, there's a 24 hour hotline to call: 862-4357.


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