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IL senate panel OK's "Caylee law"

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 06:06:39 CST

Illinois has joined the list of states considering legislation in response to the Casey Anthony murder trial. The legislation would make it a crime for a parent or guardian to fail to report when a child is killed or goes missing. Anthony's daughter Caylee was missing for about a month before Anthony's parents called the police. A Florida jury found Anthony not guilty of murder. Representative Jack Franks, a Democrat from Marengo, is sponsoring one of three so-called Caylee's Laws that were voted on yesterday. He says it would plug a hole in the state's criminal code:


     "Though it may seem untenable that any parent would fail to report their child's death, unfortunately it appears that we need a criminal law that requires it."

Several legislators complained that there are already laws on the books that would cover that kind of crime, like obstruction of justice.
Despite those objections, all three measures passed unanimously. They're now pending in the Senate.

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