Thursday, January 17, 2013

Montana's SB 113 will allow even past false accusations to be used against you in future accusations

This bill will open the door to a variety of abuses  as cases where a person was found not guilty to be used as evidence. This is the opposite of rape shield laws, which already stack the deck against the accused. This is a very dumb and dangerous bill that will lead to many false convictions.

Prosecutors Seek a Bill That Allows Evidance of Other Crimes In Prosecution of Sexual Offenses
By Chudney Matta
Story Created: Jan 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM MST
Story Updated: Jan 16, 2013 at 9:29 PM MST 
It's a bill that has been presented before involving sex offenders and their criminal history.

The bill seeks for prosecutors to be allowed to use criminal backgrounds of an alleged offender as evidence in new cases.

Prosecutors from all over Montana spoke in support of the bill that would crack down on repeated sexual offenders who perhaps were not found guilty the first time due to lack of evidence. 

Senator Andres Blewett says the bill protects vulnerable children and doing everything that can be done to protect them is what this bill seeks. 

Those that testified say passing this bill would make it easier for prosecutors to build up a case involving a child and a sexual offender. 

Prosecutors say the hardiest part of cases with children is the lack of testimony from the child. But senators are reluctant in passing the bill saying they worry about the creditability of the evidence that could be used. 

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