Maine legislation permitting older intercourse abuse claims dominated constitutional

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A Maine legislation that lifted a statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims has been dominated constitutional after it was challenged by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

Maine eliminated its statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse circumstances in 2000, however that change wasn’t retroactive, so victims couldn’t sue for older crimes. Adjustments to state legislation in 2021 made it attainable for individuals to hunt authorized motion for older claims that beforehand expired.

The diocese steered that the  2021 legislation was unconstitutional by way of retroactive modifications that violate due course of and vested rights within the complaints, which began in November.

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the College of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her pet Percy and staying energetic within the Maine outside.
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