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News 4 Nashville: Lawmaker proposes life long orders of protection, what may become known as Nikki’s Law

9 Feb , 2021   Video

CPRC’s Nikki Goeser was again on Nashville’s News 4 television to discuss a bill that would set up a life-long order of protection in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Tennessee House Majority Leader William Lamberth has proposed a law that would create life-long orders of protection.

The idea is to prevent victims from being revictimized, like Nikki Goeser.

Goeser had been married for just over 16 months when her husband Ben Goeser was murdered in Brentwood in 2009.

The killer was Hank Wise. Attorneys said he was obsessed with Nikki Goeser.

“Ben was shot seven times in the middle of a busy restaurant in front of 50 witnesses and security cameras,” Nikki Goeser told News 4 in 2020.

Wise was convicted and sent to prison, but News4 discovered he continued to write love letters to her from behind bars.

“It just makes me want to throw up. It’s hard to explain the shock. It was trauma on top of trauma,” she said in 2020.

Nikki Goeser didn’t have an order of protection because Wise is serving a 23-year sentence and orders of protection don’t last that long, or at least they didn’t.

Wise currently faces federal charges for stalking by mail.

Lamberth is proposing life-long orders of protection for victims of violent crimes.

“And at least that indicates to the defendant, ‘Stay away from this person forever. Don’t ever contact them. Don’t send them a letter, don’t text them, don’t reach out to them on Facebook, don’t call them, don’t drive by their house. Just stay away from them for life,’” said Lamberth. . . .

Carley Gordon, “Lawmaker proposes life long orders of protection,” Nashville News 4, February 1, 2021.

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