The Times recently reported that New York Gov. David Paterson has favored legislation that would suspend the statute of limitations in sex-abuse cases involving private institutions. (Their editorial page opined on the matter here.) Apparently he's had a change of heart.
"These types of cases could go back, 20, 30, 40 years, and since the evidence probably doesn't exist in any way to convict the perpetrator . . . the accusation would hinder the career of any person who was accused," he told Newsday.Paterson said he favors legislation that doesn't include the one-year window and adds two years to the statute of limitations. "There are a couple of competing bills. . . . The one I think that I probably like the best at this point was introduced by Assemblyman Vito Lopez ."
The governor's opposition should spell the end of the Markey bill.Update: Newsday reports on the effects of window legislation on Catholic dioceses. The piece makes clear that--pace Marci Hamilton--a one-size-fits-all analysis won't do.