Statute of Limitations?

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by lklawson, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Why the heck does Minnesota have a Statute of Limitations on sexual assault, particularly that of a minor?!?

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news...me-searched-for-wetterling-evidence/?page=all

    "FBI agent Thornton said that as part of their review of the Wetterling case, investigators used new forensic technology to analyze DNA on clothing worn by a young boy who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted in the same county about nine months before Wetterling’s abduction. The DNA was a match to Heinrich, Thornton said. That and other evidence led authorities to search Heinrich’s home July 28.

    Heinrich was not charged in that sexual assault because the statute of limitations expired, Luger said. Court documents show he was arrested in that case back in 1990, but was released without charges."​

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  2. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member

    I get statute of limitations for minor, non violent offenses.... But besides that, it's ridiculous.....
     

  3. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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    ...it ain't like the kid is "over it" after 7 years... :mad:
     
  4. moona11

    moona11 King of you Monkeys Lifetime Supporter

    Stupid law. Lots of states have statue of limitations on crimes.
     
  5. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    I know. I'm opposed to almost all statute of limitations laws, but ones on sexual assault are, imo, particularly egregious.

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  6. rmuniz9336

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    Statute of limitations on a sexual assault of a minor! Try Forever.

    I've more use for a mad dog killer than I do someone who would assault a child like that.
     
  7. histed

    histed Supporting Member

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    Heinous is the word that came to my mind. No predator should ever be able to relax. Victims can't.
     
  8. Minnesota's a hardline blue state and has been since Nixon. Look at our current governor and you have all the answers you need.
     
  9. MaryB

    MaryB Supporting Member

    Yup The metro corridor is solidly liberal and the rest of us get stuck with stupid laws!
     
  10. Branth

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    I think the idea is that it's impossible to have reliable physical evidence after so much time. Too much possibility of a "he said/she said" turning into a miscarriage of justice.
     
  11. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    If that is the reasoning, then it's way outdated. Science has moved on since then and we've also gotten better understanding of the fallibility of witnesses from the get-go. :)

    In any case, Statute of Limitations for this class of crimes needs to be rescinded.

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  12. MaryB

    MaryB Supporting Member

    Governor mumbles the alcoholic stoner... I swear the dude is drunk/stoned every time he speaks

     
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