Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Innocent Until Proven Guilty" No Longer Law In KY

Department of Crazy Shit Report: The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed an unconstitutional bill that will tag "innocent until proven guilty" domestic violence suspects with GPS-tracking bracelets in order to monitor their location relative to the alleged victim. This "tagging" would take place before any trial or conviction.  The bill, known as "Amanda's Bill", was crafted in response to former Republican lawmaker Steve Nunn's alleged murder of his ex-fiancee. The woman had taken out a protective order against Nunn after a fight and was found shot to death in September 2009.

Another problem with this type of reactionary bill is the unprecedented speed with which it was crafted and passed.  It took 2 (two) years for the General Assembly to pass and implement the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) phone system, a hotline that notifies crime victims of an inmates release status. Amanda's Bill took just 120 days, and several lawmakers, including former state Attorney General Greg Stumbo, have stated there may be serious questions about the bill's constitutionality. 

Steve Nunn awaits trial in the Fayette County Jail.

Read more on the sorry state of affairs HERE.

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