Iowa crime victims in Iowa hurt by ruling, advocates say

Lee Rodo reports:

An Iowa Supreme Court decision allowing criminal defendants more access to confidential mental and medical health records of their alleged victims has become highly controversial in state courts.

Defense attorneys praise the July decision. But the ruling has prompted widespread concern from medical professionals, victims’ groups, therapists, social workers and state prosecutors who worry it will quash justice and stop victims from coming forward or seeking help. So much so that Iowa’s attorney general is mulling whether to seek an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, propose changes to state law or both.

Read more in the Des Moines Register.

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