Gov. Signs 'Kathy's Law,' Greater Protection for Victims Granted

A bill that would strengthen restraining orders is one step closer to becoming law

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    Carlsbad mother Kathy Scharbarth was strangled and killed last November. Her ex-boyfriend, Michael Robles, was charged with the murder.

    A law known as “Kathy’s Law” was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.

    The law was named in honor of Kathleen "Kathy" Scharbarth, a 34-year-old Carlsbad mother who was strangled to death last November.

    Scharbarth went missing on Thanksgiving Day and detectives found her body the following day. Her ex-boyfriend, Michael Robles, was charged with the murder.

    In the days before her death, Scharbarth had filed a restraining order against Robles, citing episodes of disturbing, abusive behavior by Robles toward her.

    Robles later hanged himself in a Vista jail.

    Supporters of “Kathy’s Law” say it will strengthen restraining orders by allowing judges to order GPS monitoring devices for domestic violence suspects found to pose a threat to an alleged victim.

    Assemblymember Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) authored the law.


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