University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell won a victory for victims recently, with a Utah Supreme Court ruling that children who report that they were sexual assaulted don’t need to testify and confront their alleged abuser multiple times in court.
Cassell represented one of the victims in the case that traveled all the way to the state’s highest court.
“The ruling will not only protect crime victims from unnecessary trauma at preliminary hearings, but great simplify those hearings for prosecutors. The bottom line is that defendants will virtually never be able to subpoena victims to give live testimony at preliminary hearings,” said Cassell.
Read more about the decision in The Salt Lake Tribune.