The Utah Supreme Court has struck down a state law that allowed victims of sexual abuse to sue decades later, siding against a woman who alleged a former federal judge raped her when she was a teenage witness and he an attorney prosecuting a white supremacist serial killer.
The state’s high court ruled the 2016 law unconstitutional, finding the Utah Legislature did not have the authority to effectively erase statutes of limitation after they already timed out.
“The problems presented in a case like this one are heart-wrenching. We have enormous sympathy for victims of child sex abuse,” Justice Thomas Lee wrote in the 22-page opinion. “But our oath is to support, obey, and defend the Constitution.” Four of Lee’s colleagues concurred. Full Article