- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court says the right of parents of juvenile crime victims to refuse to be interviewed by the defense doesn’t expire when a victim turns 18.

The Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling Monday resolves a conflict between rulings by separate three-judge panels of the state Court of Appeals.

One panel had ruled that the right to refuse an interview doesn’t expire when the victim turns 18. The other panel ruled that it did expire, except that a parent could refuse to talk about information received when the child was a minor.

The Supreme Court’s ruling says state law on the subject doesn’t resolve the legal question, so the justices based their ruling on the goals of respecting crime victims, protecting their rights and ailing in their healing.

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