Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Statute of limitations too limited

CHICAGO - Special prosecutors investigating allegations that police tortured nearly 150 black suspects in the 1970s and ’80s said Wednesday they found evidence of abuse, but any crimes are now too old to prosecute.
In three of the cases, the prosecutors said the evidence was strong enough to have warranted indictments and convictions.
“It is our judgment that the evidence in those cases would be sufficient to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” Robert D. Boyle and Edward J. Egan wrote.

The statute of limitations for this is only 3 years. That is way too short. I would like to know if all assault crimes have a statute of limitations of 3 years, or only those in the "law" and "justice" fields.

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