- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona appeals court dealt a victory to prosecutors in their bid to bar a founder of the Minuteman movement from questioning two young girls he’s accused of sexually abusing.

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that a lower-court judge erroneously concluded it would be intrinsically unconstitutional to restrict Chris Simcox from cross-examining the girls.

Simcox is not an attorney but is defending himself.

The judge must now decide whether prosecutors provided evidence showing the girls would suffer trauma if Simcox’s right to question them is restricted.

Prosecutors argue that letting Simcox question the girls would cause them emotional distress and wanted to get have an attorney pose the questions on Simcox’s behalf.

Simcox has denied allegations that he abused the 8- and 9-year-old girls in 2012 and 2013.

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