Bill That Would Shield Rape Information Smacks of Spite
For 14 years in Williamson, Davidson and Wilson counties, the “wooded rapist” terrorized women until he was caught and convicted. Under a proposed law filed by state lawmakers at the urging of Metro attorneys, you and your daughter, wife, girlfriend, mother and aunt would never have known there was a serial rapist on the loose.
They would not have been told by law enforcement officers to lock and chain all doors and windows, especially if it was a rainy night and they lived by a wooded area. Those were the nights he struck.
Under this law — filed to get even with news organizations, including The Tennessean — all details of sexual assault crimes would be secret unless they came out at trial. It’s a bad bill, filed for narrow-minded reasons.