House Approves Paragould Lawmaker's Bill Allowing Testimony About Past Sex Crimes

JANUARY 19, 2005 - Posted at 3:20 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Despite objections from prosecutors, the Arkansas House passed a bill today that would let past accusations of sex crimes be allowed as evidence in criminal trials.

The bill from Representative Robert Thompson of Paragould would allow evidence of previous sex crimes, including past accusations that did not result in convictions, at trials.  The measure passed 58-36 and next goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Representative David Johnson of Little Rock called the bill a bad scenario.  He urged his fellow representatives to vote against the bill.  Johnson said the bill could lend credibility to false accusations.

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