Oh, what a day, what a day on the radio. At first, an article about the Tea Party debates was already brewing to be formed, and then this came up. On the debates – Hannity believes they were good, and the candidates didn’t “rip into” each other too much.
But far more radio time was dedicated to a different matter. What would push the wife of twenty years of a retired New York City sergeant to shoot him evelent times as he was shaving? That’s precisely what Barbara Sheehan, forty-seven, did in February of ’08, according to ABC News. She claims it was self-defense, since he’d attacked her in the past, beaten her, and during a 2007 trip to Jamaica – bashed her head open in a pleasure-turned-horror vacation that brought her to a Jamaican hospital.
“”The walls in the hotel were like cinder block and he kept banging my face into it until my head cracked open. There was blood all over the room, and I wound up in the hospital on the island of Jamaica,” as another ABC News source. The article brings another curious turn of events: “Sheehan said she could never go to the police because Raymond was a former NYPD officer and told her no one would ever help her.”
Sean Hannity had Mercedes Colwin and Jay Sekulow on the show to help show this matter from the most angles possible. Jay is the Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (no idea what that is, either, but sounds respectable), and Mercedes is a managing partner for Gordon & Rees. Jay had agreed with Hannity that self-defense would be hard to prove here, since the couple remained together for 18 years. Mercedes was saying that in many cases of battered women – walking out on the husband is far more complicated than it seems.
Hannity mentioned another fact – when Barbara filled out the insurance form, she labeled her husband as “passed,” rather than “murdered,” not to mention that she did it immediately following the incident. Is there more to this case than meets the eye? Both Jay and Mercedes were noticeably bothered by this turn of events.
In this case, especially, the abuser is an ex-cop. On the other hand, being married to a cop must entitle a person to meeting other cops and possibly the police captain. Though a frightening situation, one would have to assume the woman was dead-on certain that every police officer in her city knows her husband personally and is convinced he’s incapable of domestic violence. When more details of her relationship with her husband’s ex-coworkers comes out, there’s be more light on this case.
So, what do local residents say? Irina K of Plymouth says that to her this does seem like self-defense, but is willing to accept anything the jury will decide. Gregory of Plymouth also sees it as self-defense, even if premeditated: “it’s easy to ‘sound smart’ and accuse her of not leaving him before, but she’s been suffering from absue for years. THis was confirmed by the kids, both of whom are grown. I dare say – compared to her ‘glamorous’ life, prison might almost be a source of relief. This does sound like self-defense. She says, ‘if not this, he would’ve killed me.’ This wasn’t an act of a cold-blooded person.”
And Chris B. of Chippewa Falls, WI says: “she’ll probably get off on assault and battery charges, rather than murder in first degree, since she was badly abused herself.”
That is true; the man was not just a cop, but a sergeant with twenty years on the force (two more than their entire marriage). He must’ve gone through proper physical training, and knew how the police work for domestic disputes, to say the least. However, what made the woman believe him and not try to sneak out of the house with the kids, flee the city and ask help from police in another district is the pinnacle of this issue.
So, was this murder? Self-defense? A selfish plot to get money off the insurance claim (not enough info to believe this, but it was mentioned on the show)? Decide for yourself. Comments are welcome.