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Statute of limitations

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Disambiguation, May 12, 2016.

  1. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    The Hastert case is leading to discussion on the statute of limitations for child sex crimes in the USA.
    http://www.npr.org/2016/05/12/47766...s-push-to-change-reporting-of-child-sex-abuse

    The discussion started with the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal and in the UK because of the Lord Janner case and Project Yewtree.
    I'm unclear on if the prolonged limitation will be for anything other than crimes against children.
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  2. RavenEyes Member

    I don't know if it's officially linked into this, Dis, but I know there's prelim. discussion in some jurisdictions to extend rape statute-of-limitation at least for cases where rape kits were collected (as an effort to prevent kits in storage from being destroyed and not as a result of any victim pushing for extension).
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  3. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Sounds linked, can you post said link?
  4. RavenEyes Member

    Um, no sorry. because it was from a meeting I attended IRL not from anything online or published. Let me emphasize preliminary. I'll let you know in PMs if anything comes from this in the future before it gets to any legislatury places? Like so you can get early scoopage?
  5. fishypants Moderator

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  6. White Tara Global Moderator


    I always had the impression that backlog of untested rape kits is fairly substantial? If so then that alone would surely warrant extension.
  7. RavenEyes Member

    It's huge, country-wide, and one would think/hope...
  8. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackstone's_formulation

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...innocent-man-be-wrongly-convicted-944059.html
    "In an interview with The Independent, Professor Zellick also called on judges to prevent "very dubious" expert evidence, including lip-reading and ear-prints, being presented to the jury. He argued: "It is far better that 10 guilty men go free than one innocent man is wrongfully convicted ... We know from bitter experience that juries get things wrong. The Court of Appeal ought to be more active in quashing convictions even though there has not been any irregularity in the trial process."

    He is referring to cases where the person was found guilty and, in the courts opinion, was really innocent.
    It's a fair point and an argument in favor of retrials if the court thinks the result was incorrect. I guess then you get into prosecutorial bias.
  9. Disambiguation Global Moderator

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  10. The Wrong Guy Member

    Louis C.K. learns about the Catholic Church

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  11. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Lol thanks

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