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Miss., 25 other states join Iowa in asking for supreme court review

Iowa's attorney general has been joined by his counterparts in Mississippi and 25 other states, in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision in a high-profile child sexual abuse case.

That case involves James Bentley, an Iowa man charged with second-degree sexual abuse.

The child was killed by Bentley's brother Roger in March 2005. Roger Bentley is serving a life prison term for the murder.

The Iowa Supreme Court upheld a district court ruling that a videotaped interview of the child was not admissable. The court said that was because the girl was not available to be cross-examined by the defendant.

The 26 attorneys general filed a "friend of the court" brief this week. It says they support Iowa's petition, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state court's ruling.

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