MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill designed to keep crime victims off the witness stand during the early stages of their cases.
The measure allows hearsay evidence during preliminary hearings, testimony that quotes someone who isn't available to testify.
Until now it's been generally prohibited during preliminary hearings because defense attorneys cannot cross-examine the witness.
The bill's supporters say the change will save money and time, as well as spare victims the trauma of testifying.
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