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Genital mutilation enhanced penalty (new law)

Published (5/25/2012)
By Mike Cook
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Within the stateís domestic violence statutes is a list of offenses that qualify a person for an enhanced offense, potentially leading to a harsher sentence.

Effective Aug. 1, 2012, a new law adds to that list the crime of female genital mutilation against a family or household member.

The law is based on a July 2011 case in Hopkins where a man held his wife against a wall by her chest and neck during an argument and then threw her to the floor.

Following the manís arrest, the cityís prosecuting attorney reviewed the manís criminal history to see if he had been previously convicted of a qualified domestic violence-related offense that would have allowed the case to start as a gross misdemeanor, rather than a misdemeanor.

Current qualified domestic violence-related offenses include: murder; violating an order for protection; harassment restraining order or no-contact order; stalking; domestic assault; or criminal sexual conduct. None of these was in the manís past, but he had been convicted of female genital mutilation in 2000 for which he was on probation until 2001.

Rep. Steve Simon (DFL-St. Louis Park) and Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) sponsor the law.

HF2149*/ SF1657/CH227

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