S.3524 - A bill to amend Rule 611 of the Federal Rules of Evidence to prohibit cross-examination by the accused of minor victims of sexual assault.114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] (Introduced 12/08/2016)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 12/08/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.3524 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (12/08/2016)
This bill amends the Federal Rules of Evidence to establish a procedure to prohibit pro se criminal defendants (defendants representing themselves without a lawyer) accused of sexual assault of a minor under age 18 from cross-examining the minor.
Upon application by the prosecutor, the minor, or the minor's representative, the defendant is prohibited from conducting such a cross-examination unless the court finds that it is necessitated by exceptional circumstances to protect the defendant's constitutional rights. The cross-examination of the minor shall instead be conducted by an attorney for the defendant under the court's supervision.