Greater Protections for People Accused of Child Abuse

9 years 8 months 3 weeks ago March 13, 2007 Mar 13, 2007 Tuesday, March 13 2007 Tuesday, March 13, 2007 1:41:48 PM CDT in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The state Supreme Court grants greater legal protections to people accused of child abuse or neglect. Today's ruling says people must be given notice of the allegations against them and receive a hearing before a state board before they can be placed on a registry of people suspected of abuse or neglect. At that hearing, the allegations must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence. But the Supreme Court says that testimony does not have to be made under oath. The Supreme Court decision largely upholds a November 2005 decision by a lower court judge who declared Missouri's child abuse registry procedures unconstitutional.

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