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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Prosecutors and victims' advocates are hailing a Missouri Supreme Court ruling as a positive step for prosecuting sex crimes.

The ruling, which received little public attention when it was issued July 29, struck down a rule that allowed appellate judges to set aside convictions on sex crimes if they thought the victim's testimony wasn't credible.

The state Supreme Court said the rule required appellate judges to make determinations they were not equipped to make.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports prosecutors and advocates say the ruling removes an obstacle that often factored into decisions on whether to file charges in sex abuse cases.

Boone County prosecutor Dan Knight says the ruling could prompt prosecutors to consider whether old cases could have a chance of success at new trials.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune

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