Will New Law Hurt GOP Consultant In Court?

BY BUDDY NEVINS

I wonder if accused wife-beating political consultant Bill Lewis will be one of the first tests of a new law passed earlier this year?

Lewis’ wife appears to have withdrawn her complaints about him choking her.

The new law, however, changes what testimony is requited in domestic violence.

Previously, a conviction required the victim to testify against their abuser.  Now statements made to 911 operators, cops and others can be admitted into evidence.

I’m not a lawyer or a judge.  I won’t go further that pointing out there is a new law governing these cases.

Here is the original news release about the law, which passed the Senate and was signed by Gov. Rick Scott without substantial changes:

 

State Representative Ana Rivas Logan Passes HB 701

Bill will positively impact domestic violence prosecutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 5, 2012 

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today the Florida House of Representatives passed CS/HB 701 Florida Evidence Code by Representative Ana Rivas Logan (R‐Kendall) and Representative Doug Holder(R‐ Sarasota). The bill will allow statements made against a party that wrongfully caused a declarant’s unavailability not to be excluded as hearsay.

“This bill will help victims of domestic violence gain the justice they deserve,” said Representative Ana Rivas Logan.

Currently under the Crawford decision a declarant must face their abuser in court in order for the charges to move forward. Under the new law, calls to 911 operators and statements made to first responders, hospital workers and social workers will be admitted into evidence.

“Domestic violence has been described as the most common but least prosecuted crime in America. This important legislation will give voice to victims and prevent offenders from committing acts of violence with no fear of prosecution,” said Rep. Holder.

The measure now awaits passage by the Senate before moving to the Governor’s desk for his signature. 

 

 



7 Responses to “Will New Law Hurt GOP Consultant In Court?”

  1. The Pendulum Swings says:

    Lamberti makes his own laws. Bill will skate as usual. His wife has the typical battered syndrome.

  2. Chaz Stevens says:

    If this politics gig doesn’t work out, Bill can always go back to selling coke.

  3. Wayne Arnold says:

    kudos to Rep. Holder.

  4. Suzie Says says:

    if this creep walks it is Lamberti and the new law that need a good spraying with lysol

  5. TheSenator1 says:

    We have to not allow Lamberti to make his own laws. He has some very bad, unethical people on his staff. Lewis should not skate as usual. He should be punished and his wife should be given the chance to get her self-esteem back, hard as that is for a battered wife. This isn’t okay.

  6. Are you kidding? says:

    So am I really supposed to believe that now the sheriff of Broward county runs the everything in the county? Saying that if he walks it’s Lamberti’s fault is like saying that the sheriff is responsible for the school bus issues. Last time I checked, Mike Satz has his own office dedicated to prosecuting criminals, and judges oversaw court room proceedings. Thats why we elect judges and a state attorney. It’s amazing how people think the sheriff runs everything….

  7. The Pendulum Swings says:

    The Sheriff instructs the SA what to do. Trust me, I’ve been through it!! Satz is no Angel. Evidentially you don’t work for the County!!