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UT: Lawmaker wants voters to decide on time limits for raising old claims of sex abuse

[deseret.com – 4/7/21]

Since the Utah Supreme Court struck down a state law reviving old claims of sexual abuse, a state lawmaker says she will propose a ballot measure allowing voters to effectively bring it back.

“I’m committed to that,” Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, said Wednesday. “I will be doing that during the 2022 session.”

Romero made the comment at a news conference recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, saying it can take years for people to accept what happened to them early in life, often at the hand of someone they know.

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Sounds a little like Sharon Runner. If Utah’s run the way California is even the people don’t have the authority to disregard the constitution.

“Supporters of the measures signed a poster, pledging to “start by believing” instead of automatically doubting or dismissing a person’s experience as a survivor of sexual assault.”

Translation: fu*k due process and innocent until proven guilty.

A more constitutional phrase would be “start by listening.”

Like any public decision can overcome statutes of limitations that were in place at the time of conviction. There must have been a manifest necessity for a State’s statute of limitations in the first place!
My state uses Classes: A, B, C—H. Each class carries its own limit on incarceration, and forfeiture amount. My state maybe different from yours but the forfeiture now exceeds what was possible in 1992, all overridden by the statute for registration.

Rep. Romono stated the victim most of the time knows the person. Shouldn’t it be up to the person involved to decide if they want to prosecute? Yo, Romono why don’t you get some new dance moves and stop trampling on due process!!

What he wants is to avoid being responsible for setting/adjusting a statute of limitation.

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