VOTER EDUCATION: Prosecution Evidence for Child Sex Offenses, Constitutional Amendment 2

Subject: 2014 Ballot Measures in Missouri
Gate Way Group Contact: Dave Berry
Ballot Title: “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that it will be permissible to allow relevant evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible in prosecutions for crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under eighteen years of age?”

Fair Ballot Language: A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to allow evidence of prior criminal acts, whether charged or uncharged, to be considered by courts in prosecutions of sexual crimes that involve a victim under eighteen years of age. The amendment limits the use of such prior acts to support the victim’s testimony or show that the person charged is more likely to commit the crime. Further, the judge may exclude such prior acts if the value of considering them is substantially outweighed by the possibility of unfair prejudice to the person charged with committing the crime.

A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding the use of evidence of prior criminal acts to prosecute sexual crimes.

*If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

This measure was referred by the Missouri Legislature in 2013 and is certified for the 2014 ballot in the general election. (Link to House Joint Resolution 16)

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