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Can you imagine sitting before the Grand Jury testifying about your childs personal life including their sexual encounters This became reality for the mother of Monica Lewinski this last year when she was subpoena by the Grand Jury Fortunately some good may come from this case On April 23 1998 in the Los Angeles Times Robert Peterson and Gerald Uelmen wrote an article entitled Starrs Legacy May Include a New Privilege They are supporting bills such as The Confidence in the Family Act which would provide that a witness cannot be compelled to testify in a civil or criminal proceeding against his or her parent or child Bills protecting parents and children from testifying against each other would be a great improvement in our current legal system This law should allow a parent or child to choose whether or not they want to testify and if they do not want to testify they wouldnt have to The Confidence in the Family Act will provide that a witness cannot be compelled to testify in federal civil or criminal proceedings against his or her parent or child It also would protect confidential conversations and communications like letters and e-mail between parent and child from disclosure in court When someone feels that they shouldnt testify for whatever reason they would have to so that they could keep the trust and loyalty in their parent-child relationship For example in the Monica Lewinski trial her mom had to testify against her daughter even though Monica did not do anything illegal Monicas mom was forced to tell every confidential thing that they had talked about Even though Monicas mom didnt want to testify against her daughter there are some parents who would choose to testify against
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