Michigan Lawmakers Consider Domestic Violence Legislation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Michigan Senate has passed legislation letting prosecutors use evidence of a defendant's past conduct in domestic violence cases.

The Senate voted 38-nothing Thursday to send the House two bills aimed at better protecting domestic violence victims who often endure a pattern of abuse.

The legislation would create an exception to long-standing court rules by letting prosecutors present evidence of an alleged abuser's past behavior, evidence that otherwise might not be admissible.

A defendant's past behavior is generally off limits during trial. But prosecutors and others say domestic violence cases place unique barriers to successful prosecutions.

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