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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to Join Governor Scott Walker for Signing of Legislation that Protects Children, Victims and Witnesses


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will join Governor Scott Walker on Thursday, April 12, 2012, for the signing of several criminal justice/public safety oriented bills into law.


Senate Bill 399, which allows for hearsay at preliminary hearings, and Assembly Bill 100,known as the ICAC bill, are included in the bills to be signed in Green Bay. Among other things, the ICAC Bill makes the maximum fine and term of imprisonment for attempt to violate s. 948.055 (causing a child to view or listen to sexual activity) and 948.075 (use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime) equal to that for the completed crime. The bill also amends the criminal discovery statute to generally allow the defense to inspect child pornography images only in a location maintained by the court or a law enforcement agency. This provision is modeled after a similar federal rule adopted in 2006.


Attorney General Van Hollen testified in favor of both AB100 and SB399 before the Legislature. SB399 protects victims and witnesses, and promotes criminal justice system efficiency by allowing hearsay. It will not prevent a defendant from facing his or her accusers at trial.


“The ICAC bill protects children by making it clear that predators will be punished even if their criminal activity is stopped before a child is harmed. Senate Bill 399 protects victims and witnesses from having to attend extra court proceedings without sacrificing the legitimate protections due to criminal defendants,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says.


Attorney General Van Hollen will join the Governor at the following location for the bill signings:



2:40 p.m.
Golden House
1120 University Avenue
Green Bay