August 19, 2020
The Utah Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that children who report that they were sexual assaulted don’t need to testify and confront their alleged abuser multiple times in court.
The unanimous decision means that, going forward, young people who allege sexual abuse won’t have to testify at preliminary hearings, except in rare circumstances.
Paul Cassell, a University of Utah law professor who represented one of the alleged victims in the case, called the decision a “big victory” for crime victims.
“As recognized by the court today, there is no good reason