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Matthew Monforton
Montana Legislature

The House approved Bozeman Republican Matthew Monforton’s proposal to broaden the type of evidence that is admissible in domestic violence and child abuse cases Tuesday.

Monforton argued that juries ought to be allowed to hear about the prior bad acts committed by an accused abuser, acts that are currently considered inadmissible.

Bill Would Change Domestic Violence, Child Abuse Prosecutions

Jan 16, 2015
Hearing room at the Montana Capitol.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

Friday morning, Montana legislators heard House Bill 37, which would allow past evidence to be part of current cases of domestic violence and child abuse.

Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert testified that previous violent offenses could lead to more serious crimes.

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

Jan 15, 2015
Montana Capitol, Helena, MT.
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.”

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention month - an unfortunate reminder that child abuse - in all its forms - continues to be a persistent problem.

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