Since 2007, Dr. Maria Berger above left, has served as Austria's Minister of Justice. A staunch advocate of Austria's anti-stalking laws, Dr. Berger recently introduced legislation that, if enacted, would increase penalties for stalking and improve protections for minors. The "Violence Protection Act" would provide wider support for victims of crime. Under proposal is extending the ban on contact with the victim from the residential area to any place where an encounter with the victim might occur. Protective orders would also be expanded from the current three month injunction to six months.
Victims of stalking would benefit from new provisions making multiple acts of stalking punishable as opposed to the current law that only punishes the perpetrator for a last act of stalking. If applicable, under the new law Heidemarie Schnitzer could conceivably be charged with continued stalking of David Caruso, something she's guilty of on a daily basis. Austria's constitution may contain ex post facto prohibitions however. Other provisions under consideration would provide financial assistance to stalking victims. Frau Schnitzer could find herself in need of a second job if found guilty and ordered to pay David Caruso for pain and suffering.
We applaud Dr. Berger's efforts to improve protective measures for stalking victims. We have also e-mailed Dr. Berger raising concerns that Heidemarie Schnitzer, David Caruso's fugitive Austrian stalker remains at large hiding out in Mexico after fleeing two court hearings. If anyone else wishes to contact Dr. Berger about Heidemarie Schnitzer, her e-mail is as follows:
Heidemarie Schnitzer remains a fugitive hiding out in Mexico near Tijuana, Ensenada and Rosarito. Schnitzer is armed and considered to be extremely dangerous. Please do not attempt to apprehend this woman. Contact the U.S. Border Patrol at 1-800-232-5378 , the FBI at (310) 477-6565 or Austria's Bundeskriminalamt at +43-(0)1-531 26-0.