Subpoena powers in child abuse cases passes PA House

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 8, 2013 5:36 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A bill to give Pennsylvania prosecutors administrative subpoena power in child abuse investigations is on its way to the Senate after approval in the state House.

Representatives have voted unanimously for the measure that supporters say would speed the time it takes to obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of Internet customers for investigations of child pornography and child abuse.

Currently prosecutors need to go to court to get a search warrant signed by a judge in order to get that information.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is warning the bill could compromise privacy.

It's supported by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane and the state district attorneys' association.

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