Should a juries in vehicle-crash cases be told whether those injured were wearing seatbelts? Minnesota House Republicans say “yes” as a measure moves forward in a public safety budget bill. Brooklyn Center Democrat Debra Hilstom objects, pointing to a semi that allegedly hit a cab in Saint Cloud, killing two. Hilstrom says, “If someone is stopped at a light and someone does something wrong which causes injury to them or death, and they’ve done nothing wrong, whether or not they were wearing a seatbelt is not something that the jury should hear.” Vernon Center Republican Tony Cornish says repealing the so-called “seat belt gag rule” doesn’t make an automatic decision, but allows another piece of evidence for the jury to consider.
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