Archive for Monday, March 23, 2009

Legislature approves bill to expand Kansas’ rape shield law

March 23, 2009


— A bill expanding Kansas’ rape shield law has cleared the Legislature.

The House approved the measure on a 123-0 vote Monday, sending it to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. The Senate passed the same version last week, 39-0.

The rape shield law limits testimony or other evidence about the sexual past of a crime victim during trials or other court hearings. A defendant must request in writing that such evidence be admitted, and a judge must determine whether it is relevant.

The law applies to victims of rape and other sex crimes, such as sodomy and indecent liberties with a child. The bill adds aggravated sex trafficking involving a child and electronic solicitation of a child for sexual purposes to the list.


billbodiggens 8 years, 10 months ago

If all that is being accomplished is actually stated in the article, I've got news, it ain't something that is any different than what is taking place now. Possibly just another boutique bit of legislation designed for the rubes back home to make them think that some actual changes are taking place?

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