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Bill Inspired By O.J. Simpson Trial On Friday's Legislative Agenda

Jan 15, 2015

Credit William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

Friday, Republican Representative Matthew Monforton presents a bill he says is the result of a case that rocked the nation nearly 20 years ago: The O.J. Simpson trial.

This legislation,  already enacted in California, would allow evidence of past abuse into current child abuse or domestic violence cases.

“There was outrage about the fact that Mr. Simpson had had a number of prior incidents with Nicole Brown Simpson that the jury was not permitted to hear about that.”

Monforton says there may be some opponents to House Bill 37.

“Typically, these type of bills draw opposition from criminal defense attorneys who claim that it will lead to unfair trials for defendants facing these charges.”

However, as an attorney himself, Monforton says he will argue that this will only continue to enhance the truth-gathering process of the trial.