Texas Wesleyan Law Review
Every indictment in Texas ends with the phrase, "[a]gainst the peace and dignity of the State." This phrase is in recognition of the fact that crimes are not purely personal matters between a defendant and a victim, but are offenses against society as a whole. By enacting changes to its spousal privilege statute, Texas has an opportunity to demonstrate that domestic violence offends the peace and dignity of the state.
Malinda L. Seymore,
Against the Peace and Dignity of the State: Spousal Violence and Spousal Privilege,
Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev.
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