- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The probable homicide of Nancy Kerrigan’s father clearly illustrates the elements that encompass domestic violence (“Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan to testify at brother’s trial,” Nation, May 13). Miss Kerrigan and her mother are attempting to protect Mark Kerrigan, their brother and son, respectively, by employing denial, alternative explanations and a refusal to accept the facts presented to them via the medical examiner and the law enforcement investigation.

Nancy Kerrigan’s vow to help her brother fight, coupled with the support of her mother, is clearly indicative of the fact that they are failing to hold Mark Kerrigan accountable.

Undeniably, the likely homicide of Daniel Kerrigan, who was both a father and a husband, is painful. It is even more painful for the family to know that Mark Kerrigan, his own son, is the alleged murderer. It is equally disturbing, however, to consider the fact that both Nancy Kerrigan and her mother may be willing to go so far as to cover up the facts they know and events they may have witnessed at the scene. They may also be willing to forgo their responsibility to be forthright and honest prior to and during the criminal trial.

Reportedly, Daniel Kerrigan was a healthy 70-year-old man. For him to die a sudden and violent death in the family home and for his son, Mark Kerrigan, to be charged with homicide could be a serious criminal case of domestic violence. The desire of Nancy Kerrigan and her mother to assist Mark Kerrigan by providing excuses, denying facts that can be proven through evidence and their willingness to put their credibility on the line is not only a disservice to Mark Kerrigan but certainly degrades the life of Daniel Kerrigan. If Mark Kerrigan did kill his father, the truth needs to be told - and Nancy Kerrigan and her mother are the ones who need to tell it.

KAREN L. BUNE

Adjunct Professor

Department of Justice, Law and Society

George Mason University

Fairfax

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