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AG Nessel to Testify Before House Judiciary on Victims' Privacy Bills

LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will provide testimony this morning before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee in support of House Bills 4798 and 4974.

The bills help remedy obstacles created in March when the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a decision in People of the State of Michigan v. Ricky Dale Jack. The ruling holds that a prosecutor must provide the addresses and telephone numbers of victims and witnesses when turning over discovery under the Michigan Court Rules.

Nessel filed an amicus brief later that month in support of the People's emergency application before the Michigan Supreme Court to protect the personal information of victims and witnesses in prosecutions. The Court denied that application in June, making legislative action even more important to protect victims and witnesses involved in prosecutions.

In her testimony before committee members this morning, Nessel will share her perspective on the effect the Jack decision will have if legislators fail to act.

The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and can be watched on the House Committee 1 streaming page.