Statute of Limitations Could Change Under Women’s Justice Agenda

Statute of Limitations Could Change Under Women’s Justice Agenda

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3 (ANG))CONTINUING COVERAGE TONIGHT ON THE GOVERNOR PLAN TO PROMOTE WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT… WITHIN THAT AGENDA… A PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONSWHEN IT COMES TO RAPE IN THE 2ND AND 3RD DEGREE… MARLEE TUSKES SPOKE WITH THE ONEIDA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO LEARN MORE. 3 “IF WE HAVE A VICTIM THAT COMES IN AND THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IS UP BY THREE DAYS, HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT TO SOMEBODY AND EXPECT THEM TO UNDERSTAND IT?”FOR MAJORITY OF “WHAT THAT MEANS IS, IF SOMEBODY COMMITS A CRIME – LET’S SAY FOR EXAMPLE A ROBBERY – IN FIVE YEARS AND ONE DAY GOES BY, THEY COULD LITERALLY THROW A PRESS CONFERENCE AND SAY I WAS THE ONE THAT ROBBED THE BANK FIVE YEARS AGO AND THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN DO BECAUSE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS RAN.”UNDER THE GOVERNOR’S 2019 WOMEN’S JUSTICE AGENDA, ONE OF THE INITIATIVES WOULD BE TO RID OF THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR RAPE IN THE SECOND AND THIRD DEGREES. RAPE IN THE FIRST DEGREE HAS NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS.”THESE ARE CASES WHERE A LOT OF TIMES IT TAKES A LOT OF COURAGE, IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO A SITUATION WHERE THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE BRINGING THAT FORWARD. AND A LOT OF TIMES THAT MIGHT BE 3 FIVE, SIX YEARS.”BUT AS WITH ANY CASE, THE LONGER IT TAKES TO BRING CHARGES FORWARD, THE HARDER IT BECOMES TO PROSECUTE. “THESE ARE VERY DIFFICULT CASES TO PROVE. WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT, MOST OF THE TIME IT’S A HE SAID SHE SAID SITUATION SO RIGHT OFF THE GET GO IT’S ALL ABOUT WHO THE JURY BELIEVES. AND TYPICALLY WHAT CARRIES THE DAY FOR US IS FORENSICS AND BECAUSE YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT HAPPENED A LONG TIME AGO, MOST TIMES THERE ARE NO FORENSICS TO SUPPORT THE CLAIM.”EVEN STILL, MCNAMARA SAYS HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS CHANGE HAPPEN.”I LOOK AT IT EYEWITNESS NEWS. 3 ((ANG))WITH THE WINTER COMES COLD WEATHER… AND HERE IN THE MOHAWK VALLEY… ONE MAN IS WORKING TO HELP EVERYONE HE

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