ACSOL’s Conference Calls

Conference Call Recordings Online
Dial-in number: 1-712-770-8055, Conference Code: 983459

Monthly Meetings: Jan 16 Recording Uplaoded Details / Recordings

Emotional Support Group Meetings

National

MT: The Latest: Fox asks Montana lawmakers to act on [child sex crime] time limits

[kansas.com – 2/19/19]

HELENA, Mont.

The Latest on Montana cases before the Supreme Court (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is asking state lawmakers to act after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his petition that would have allowed prosecutors to charge a man for the decades-old rape of an 8-year-old girl.

The Republican attorney general called the high court’s decision Tuesday “beyond disappointing.” He is urging the Legislature to repeal statutes of limitations for child sex crimes, saying no offender “should find comfort in running out the clock.”

Read more

 

Join the discussion

  1. Dustin

    I have a hard time believing that a DNA sample from 30 years ago is even possible. Forensics at that time were simply not as sophisticated as now, especially in remote places like Montana.

    The reason for statutes of limitation are for cases like this. How is the accused supposed to defend himself? How does he answer questions like “Where were you on March 28th, 1987 from 6 to 8 pm? Can anyone verify that?” Do they seriously think he (or anyone) can give an hour-by-hour account of wherever he may have been at any point 30 years ago? Or that anyone can vouch for his presence?

    I’m certainly not okay with the sexual assault of an 8 year old, but the accused’s constitutional rights must be preserved. They’re already overlooked with impunity when someone is accused of sex crime far too often.

  2. Hank

    Every time I read one of these I have to ask all you Californians: If 2002 SCOTUS Stogner decision stopped California in it’s tracks, then why can’t other States be affected ??

    • AJ

      @Hank:
      They can be and are. That’s why SCOTUS rejected the petition…it had already ruled this type of legislative hijinx to be an Ex Post Facto violation.

  3. Chris f

    There are reasons for statutes of limitations beyond just the difficulty in memory recollection and quality of evidence.

    There is also the need to restrict the number of unlikely or bad cases wasting court time.

    In addition, there needs to be an urgency to report crimes to prevent more victims. If someone waits 20 years, there is no help to prevent other victims when it mattered.

    This guy trying to get the court to ignore statute of limitations is obviously just a political game. He knew darn well the result. He just wants to make the news and get votes and has no intention to actually get justice for anyone.

Leave a Reply

We welcome a lively discussion with all view points - keeping in mind...  
  • Your submission will be reviewed by one of our volunteer moderators. Moderating decisions may be subjective.
  • Please keep the tone of your comment civil and courteous. This is a public forum.
  • Please stay on topic - both in terms of the organization in general and this post in particular.
  • Please refrain from general political statements in (dis)favor of one of the major parties or their representatives.
  • Please take personal conversations off this forum.
  • We will not publish any comments advocating for violent or any illegal action.
  • We cannot connect participants privately - feel free to leave your contact info here. You may want to create a new / free, readily available email address.
  • Please refrain from copying and pasting repetitive and lengthy amounts of text.
  • Please do not post in all Caps.
  • If you wish to link to a serious and relevant media article, legitimate advocacy group or other pertinent web site / document, please provide the full link. No abbreviated / obfuscated links.
  • We suggest to compose lengthy comments in a desktop text editor and copy and paste them into the comment form
  • We will not publish any posts containing any names not mentioned in the original article.
  • Please choose a user name that does not contain links to other web sites
  • Please send any input regarding moderation or other website issues to moderator [at] all4consolaws [dot] org
ACSOL, including but not limited to its board members and agents, does not provide legal advice on this website.  In addition, ACSOL warns that those who provide comments on this website may or may not be legal professionals on whose advice one can reasonably rely.  
 

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

.