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Baton Rouge judges considering domestic courts

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - State District Judge Trudy White describes East Baton Rouge Parish's domestic abuse problem as an epidemic.

White and her fellow 19th Judicial District Court criminal judges huddled Wednesday to discuss the possible creation of a domestic violence court in the parish.

Judge Tony Marabella, who has presided over the 19th Judicial District's drug court for a decade, said after the judges' meeting that 30 percent to 40 percent of the bonds he sets are in domestic abuse cases.

District Attorney Hillar Moore III told the judges there were 14 domestic violence-related murders in the parish in 2012, and while that number fell to four last year, his office continues to be inundated with domestic violence-related arrests.

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