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Court Protection Sought in Domestic Violence Cases

A New Jersey Assembly committee has approved a bill that would allow some domestic violence victims to testify remotely on camera despite questions over whether it’s constitutional.

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Sandy Clark, executive director of the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, says the legislation might encourage some to participate in the prosecution of their attackers.

But some lawmakers on Thursday questioned whether the law would violate the provision in the Constitution allowing suspects to confront their accusers.

The panel postponed another domestic violence bill that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to obtain a restraining order or be served with one.

The law currently applies only to adults.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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