Audio: Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of state’s public defenders in “sex assault survivors” law

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The Missouri Supreme Court has sided with the state’s public defenders in the so-called Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights challenge case.

Missouri State Public Defender Mary Fox and other public defenders challenged the part of the law that required the defense in a sex crimes case to inform the alleged victim of their rights to talk with a rape crisis center. The defenders argued it was not their job to inform alleged victims and a lower court agreed, calling the requirement unconstitutional.



Republican Senator Holly Thompson Rehder, of southeast Missouri’s Scott City, has accused a group of further-leaning Republicans of hijacking her bill that would clarify the issue.

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