Assembly considers crime victims amendment, blocking solicitation of nude photos

Assembly considers crime victims amendment, blocking solicitation of nude photos

A constitutional amendment designed to give crime victims more rights has passed the Wisconsin Legislature.

The measure must pass the Legislature again next session before it goes to voters for approval. It would be added to the Wisconsin Constitution only if voters approve it.

The amendment largely duplicates existing crime victim protections but goes further in several areas.

In addition to privacy, victims would have the right to be heard at plea, parole and revocation proceedings, the right to refuse defense attorneys’ interview, deposition or discovery requests and the right to attend all proceedings in their cases.

The Assembly passed it Thursday on a bipartisan 81-10 vote. It cleared the Senate on Tuesday.

The soonest it could be on the ballot for voter approval is 2019.

Assembly passes bill criminalizing sending nude photos

It would be a crime to solicit nude or sexually explicit photos from a child in Wisconsin under a bill approved by the state Assembly.

Under the bill passed Thursday, adults who try to coax children into supplying them with nude or sexually explicit photos would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to three-and-a-half years in prison.

Adults between the ages of 18 and 21 who solicit such photos from children no more than three years younger than them would be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail.

The bill has bipartisan support.

The Assembly passed it on a voice vote with no debate, sending the measure to the Senate.

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