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Lower Court Ruling Regarding Child’s Testimony In Sex Case Will Stand

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DETROIT (AP) – After hearing arguments, the Michigan Supreme Court says it won’t upset a lower court decision that allowed a child to testify behind a screen at a sexual-assault trial.

The case involves Ronald Rose, an Allegan County man who’s in prison for at least 25 years for sexually assaulting a young girl.

During a 2008 trial, a one-way screen was used to keep the 8-year-old from seeing Rose while she testified. Rose claimed the screen violated his constitutional right to face a witness.

Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly says Rose deserves a new trial for a different reason.

She says the screen branded Rose with an unmistakable mask of guilt in front of jurors.

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