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About time: New law allows child vicitms to audio record sexual molesters

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Like most parents, when I hear the tinkling music of an ice cream truck, I know what my future holds: rummaging in my pocket for some singles and spare change, a little begging and pleading from my baby girl, followed by big smiles, sticky hands and promises that we won’t tell mom we ate ice cream an hour before dinner. (I’m told by Lauren Book this is a “safe secret.”) But this session was a painful reminder to Michelle and…

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Following Richard McDade acquittal, Rick Scott signs child abuse recordings bill into law

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Just one day after Lee County man Richard McDade was acquitted on charges of a decade of child sexual abuse, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill that would have allowed into evidence reportedly damning secret recordings made by his accuser as a teenager. HB 7001, sponsored by the House Criminal Justice panel and state Reps. Carlos Trujillo, Jared Moskowitz and Ben Albritton, was promoted heavily by abuse victims’ advocacy group Lauren’s Kids — founded and chaired by Lauren Book,…

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