It looks like at least some good news is coming out of this horrific Bill Cosby case. The comedian’s notoriety is causing light to be shed on some pretty messed up laws.
For instance, the statute of limitations for sexual assault in the state of Nevada was only FOUR YEARS, one of the lowest in the country!
That is until Tuesday when Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill into law that extends the window for prosecution to 20 years.
The much needed change in policy is a direct result of an accusation against Cosby that went largely ignored.
Lise-Lotte Lublin came forward in January claiming that Cosby had raped her in Las Vegas in 1989 — but it was far too late for the state to do anything about it.
After speaking out, Lublin testified before the Nevada legislature, leading to the May 17 passing of the bill by a unanimous State Senate vote.
State Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams explained the importance of the bill she sponsored, saying:
“This is a huge leap forward. I can’t tell you the number of people who came up to me after the first hearing — victims that had suffered and were not able to have any justice because of the [statute of limitation].”
Nevada isn’t alone in trying to fix the system; similar bills are being pushed through in Florida, Ohio, and Oregon.
The shortest statute of limitations is currently Minnesota with a mere three years.
What is the law where YOU live?
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