SJR 15 Modifies the Constitution to allow for propensity evidence in prosecutions for crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under the age of eighteen
Sponsor: Schaaf
LR Number: 1355S.01I Fiscal Note available
Committee: Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 3/11/2013 - Hearing Conducted S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2013

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SJR 15 - Upon voter approval, this constitutional amendment would allow, in prosecutions for crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under eighteen years of age, relevant evidence of prior criminal acts, whether charged or uncharged, to be admissible for the purpose of corroborating the victim's testimony or demonstrating the defendant's propensity to commit the crime with which he or she is presently charged. Also, courts would be able to exclude such evidence if its probative value is substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice.

This resolution is identical to the truly agreed to and finally passed SCS/HJR 16 (2013) and is similar to SJR 40 (2012) and SJR 33 (2010).

MEGHAN LUECKE