Pilot Program Named for Letizia Zindell, a Domestic Violence Victim Murdered by her Former Fiancée
Assemblyman Troy Singleton, the lead sponsor of “Lisa’s Law,” which would have established a pilot program to electronically monitor domestic violence offenders, expressed his disappointment Tuesday over Gov. Christie’s veto of the legislation.
“This truly is sad and disappointing,” said Singleton (D-Burlington). “This was bipartisan legislation that received nearly unanimous support in both houses, but the governor has decided that being at the forefront in the fight against domestic violence is not worth a small investment from the state.
“Under our current system, it is far too easy for domestic violence offenders to get close to their victims again after an initial attack has occurred. This is a recipe for tragedy. Letting domestic violence victims literally see when trouble is heading their way would help them stay one step ahead of attackers hell bent on becoming repeat offenders.
“The Governor said in his veto message that he applauded our attention to this issue. I call on him to meet those words with actions, by joining the overwhelming majority of the Legislature in turning this proposal into a legal reality.”
The law was named after Letizia “Lisa” Zindell of Toms River who was murdered in August of 2009 by her former fiancée, Frank Frisco, who then killed himself. The murder-suicide attack occurred just one day after Frisco was released from jail for violating a restraining order that Ms. Zindell had filed against him.
“Lisa’s Law” (A-3806) would have established a four-year pilot program in Ocean County for the electronic monitoring of domestic violence offenders and notification to victims.