- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House has approved legislation requiring that police and prosecutors keep the addresses and other personal information of crime victims and witnesses secret from the public and in some cases defense lawyers without a court order.

Friday’s 37-19 approval of House Bill 2383 sends it to Gov. Doug Ducey for his consideration. The Senate previously approved the measure.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is pushing the bill as a way to protect victims. One key provision says photos of minor victims are presumptively not public.

A more sweeping provision keeps the address, phone numbers and other identifying information of victims and witnesses private.

That prevents news reporters from easily contacting witnesses who may contradict police accounts. Lawyers for people not yet charged or appealing convictions also could face roadblocks.



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