George Fraser described his niece as an incredible teacher, mother and community servant who was “love personified.”
After serving less than a year for assault and domestic violence, Mason was released from prison in 2016 with orders to stay away from his ex-wife, complete counseling in anger management, pay back child support and maintain a full-time job.
Mason, a Democrat, served in the General Assembly 2002 to 2008 and was appointed to the bench by then governor Ted Strickland.
Boyd said she doesn’t how Mason’s time in the Legislature will factor into whether the bill is adopted. “To me, he was just a guy. So his role or titles are irrelevant to me. My responsibility is to my constituent (Aisha Fraser) who is no longer her and to her children and her parents,” she said.
Ohio Domestic Violence Network reports that July 2017 to June 2018, there were 91 fatalities attributed to domestic violence; in 22 percent of the deaths, children were at the scene; and in 46 percent of the fatalities the victim had ended the relationship or was in the process of ending it.
In 2017, there were 76,416 calls to police about domestic violence statewide, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Boyd noted that domestic violence calls can be lethal for police officers.
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