A bill that could prevent sex-crime defendants who represent themselves from directly questioning their accusers in court passed the House Tuesday and is now on its way to the Senate.
The bill, HB 1001, requests the state Supreme Court adopt rules by the end of July that would limit how pro se defendants accused of sex offenses cross-examine their accusers. It passed the House 92-0.
Kirkland Democrat Rep. Roger Goodman, the lead sponsor of the bill, said on the floor that he decided to introduce the legislation after a recent incident in which a 21-year-old woman threatened to jump off the King County Court House rather than face questioning by the man charged with raping her. She was led to safety after talking with Seattle police negotiators.