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Posted by Randy on 2014/8/28 9:47:23 (236 reads) News by the same author

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A prominent criminal defense attorney raised concerns about a Missouri ballot measure that would allow allegations of past wrongdoing to be used against people facing child sex abuse charges.
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Attorney Kim Benjamin, of Belton, is the past president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She said Wednesday that proposed Constitutional Amendment 2 could result in more wrongful convictions for people falsely accused of sex crimes.

The proposal would allow prosecutors to use allegations of past criminal actions against defendants facing new sex-related charges involving victims younger than 18. It would essentially undo a 2007 Missouri Supreme Court decision that struck down a similar state law.

Prosecutors and police are supporting the measure.

Benjamin says defense attorneys haven't raised money for an organized campaign against it.

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