Sexual assault privacy bill: protecting victims or those in power?

“As written, Senate Bill 2254 would inflict serious damage on the public’s and the media’s ability to access third-party records, not only in sexual assault cases, but across the legal spectrum. It also could be used to prevent defense attorneys from discussing evidence with their clients. Police and prosecutors could simply redact from documents any identifying information about an alleged victim. And the broadly worded bill would prohibit public officials from disclosing “any portion of a report, paper, picture, photograph, video, court file or other document which tends to identify such alleged victim.”

Certified Criminal Trial Specialist


Memphis Sex Crime Attorney J. Jeffrey Lee has been Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, and Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

TN Rep: Driver’s Licenses Should Say If You’re A Sex Offender

When House Transportation Committee chair Rep. Vince Dean (R) pressed Hill on the legislation, asking if the bill was meant to humiliate sex offenders, he said it wasn’t.

“It is not my intent to embarrass them, but it is my intent that the public know that they’re a convicted sex offender,” he said.

But when asked by Dean if perhaps a “scarlett letter put on his breast” would better identify sex offenders, since people don’t typically ask to see someone’s driver’s license at the mall, Hill seemed willing to openly identify sex offenders.

“Well if you felt that was necessary, that would be fine,” he said.

File this under “another solution in search of a problem.” If only we had a database where the public could identify these individuals …. wait, we already have that?