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Flake reintroduces bill aimed at shielding victims of sex assault from cross-examination

Jeff Flake
Posted at 4:59 PM, Dec 11, 2018

WASHINGTON - Arizona Senator Jeff Flake is addressing child sex cases, hoping to prevent certain types of cross-examination.

On Tuesday, he re-introduced a bill that would keep those accused of sexual assault who are acting as their own attorneys from questioning their accusers.

This comes after an Arizona man tried to cross-examine two young girls he was accused of molesting.

The proposed bill would require any cross-examination of minors be done by a court-appointed attorney. Flake says the bill would prevent predators from re-traumatizing their victims.

The legislation will now go to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it has to be approved by its members before heading to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will determine whether to bring it to a vote on the Senate floor.