Constitutional amendment to support victims proposed
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Constitutional amendment to support victims proposed


EVERYONE IS ON BOARD. THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER WAS STANDING ROOM ONLY AS GOVERNOR SUNUNU LED HIS SUPPORT FOR MARSY’S LAW, A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ESTABLISHING EQUAL RIGHTS FOR CRIME VICTIMS. >>RIGHT NOW, NEW HAMPSHIRE IS ONE OF ONLY 15 STATES WHO DOES NOT GUARANTEE RIGHTS TO VICTIMS OF CRIME UNDER OUR STATE’S CONSTITUTION WE HAVE RULES IN PLACE FOR THE ACCUSED AND THE CONVICTED BUT NOT THE VICTIMS OF CRIME. MIKE: MARSY’S LAW WAS ESTABLISHED NATIONALLY IN 2008. BY DESIGN, IT PROVIDES VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES NOTIFICATIONS OF ALL LEGAL PROCESSES BEING TAKEN BY SOMEONE WHO IS ACCUSED OR CONVICTED OF HARMING THEM. SOMETHING THAT WAS NOT AFFORDED TO NEW HAMPSHIRE NATIVE DAWN. SHE CLAIMS SHE LEARNED THROUGH YOUTUBE THAT THE MAN WHO MOLESTED HER AS A CHILD WAS APPEALING HIS CONVICTION.>>THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS AFRAID TO GET UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT BECAUSE SHE MIGHT BE BEATEN. I WAS NEVER GIVEN THAT OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE COURT ABOUT HOW DANGEROUS THIS MAN REALLY WAS. THE MONSTER WHO TOOK MY CHILD — TOOK AWAY MY CHILDHOOD HAD CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND A VOICE, I HAD NONE. MIKE: THE PROTECTION WOULD EXTEND TO FAMILY MEMBERS, LIKE BOB MARIOTT. HE SAYS MARSY’S LAW WOULD HAVE SAVED HIM AN EXHAUSTING LEGAL BATTLE LIKE THE ONE HE EXPERIENCED WITH HIS DAUGHTER’S KILLER DURING HIS APPEAL.>>BEING HEARD MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE COURTS. IT SEEMS SIMPLE BUT IT’S SO IMPORTANT. MIKE: THE ACLU SAYS IT SUPPORTS THE IDEA OF IMPROVING EQUALITY FOR VICTIMS BUT NOT AT THE PERIL OF SUPERCEDING THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED.>>WE’RE CONCERNED THAT THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BEING PROPOSED BY THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, AS WORDED, WILL VIOLATE THE 5TH AND 14TH AMENDMENT OF THE ACCUSED. MIKE: THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE SAYS IT HAS READ THE AMENDMENT AND HAS NO CONCERNS THAT IT VIOLATES THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED. THE AMENDMENT STILL REQUIRES A THREE-FIFTHS MAJORITY VOTE BY

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