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Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 9:39 a.m.

Prosecutor: ‘This is about the rights of children’

Jean Fisher, chief of the Special Crimes Unit for the Ada County prosecuting attorney's office, testifies to lawmakers about Idaho's faith-healing exemption on Thursday (Betsy Z. Russell)
Jean Fisher, chief of the Special Crimes Unit for the Ada County prosecuting attorney's office, testifies to lawmakers about Idaho's faith-healing exemption on Thursday (Betsy Z. Russell)

Prosecutor Jean Fisher told lawmakers, “I’m asking you to look at this from a different perspective, because I think this is about the rights of children.” Fisher, who spoke on behalf of the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association as well as the Ada County prosecuting attorney’s office, said, “We’re here now in the 21st century. I think we should be looking at the rights of children, because children are not chattel any more. Children are not property. I think we need to respect that. Our state has long agreed that we need to protect the most vulnerable. And we have a good law on the books talking about protecting children from people who harm them when they cannot protect themselves. So we started this conversation about rights of parents. … These children are suffering at the expense, sometimes, of their parents, and it’s not that easy to get them help.”

She said, “You’ve got two laws that are contradictory.”




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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