Following a rumor that ran in Deadspin this afternoon, and the official report by Nancy Phillips in the Inquirer, we now know that four people have accused Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin of sexual assault. However, New Jersey’s statute of limitations is preventing prosecution.
The alleged abuse occured when they were children in the 1970s. New Jersey law at the time required victims to notify law enforcement of incidents of abuse withing five years in order to prosecute the case. By law today, New Jersey has no such statute of limitations on sex crimes, but the provision is not retroactive. In effect, prosecutors have their hands tied.
Should the law be changed, even temporarily, to allow prosecution for abuse that occurred before 1996, when the law was changed?
At a minimum, should Conlin’s Hall of Fame status be revoked?