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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 16, 2015 03:58 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Kimberlee's Law
In the near future, I intend to reintroduce legislation known as Kimberlee’s Law, and I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor.

Kimberlee Jill Godshall, a 22 year old resident of Emmaus, was brutally murdered by her husband in her home in 2002, while her 1-year-old daughter was in the next room. Before he committed this crime, the husband researched information on the Internet on how to strike fatal blows to a body by stabbing, strangulation and hitting to cause death. While this perpetrator was sentenced to life without parole, the social worker and judge in the case thought it would be in the child’s best interest to let the convicted father write letters and draw pictures to this little girl.

My legislation would change state law relating to child custody in cases such as the aforementioned to say that no court shall award custody, partial custody or visitation by a parent who was convicted of a first-degree murder of the other parent or any child residing in the household.

This is a reintroduction of SB 91 from the previous session. Co-sponsors included: HUGHES, TARTAGLIONE, FARNESE, STACK, ALLOWAY and VULAKOVICH.

Introduced as SB454