Lawmakers pass bill to give victims of violent crimes more rights
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Lawmakers pass bill to give victims of violent crimes more rights


KOCO’S PATTY SANTOS TELLS US WHY SOME ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE COST. PATTY: DISTRICT ATTORNEY OFFICER ALREADY HAVE VICTIM RIGHTS ADVOCATES. AND THERE ARE ALREADY LAWS THAT PROTECT VICTIMS, BUT THI CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE WOULD GUARANTEE THAT.>>THERE WILL BE NO ADDITIONAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DA’S OFFICE SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU’RE SIMPLY GIVING THEM NOTIFICATION. PATTY: REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT BIGGS SAYS THE CHANGE WILL GUARANTEE VICTIMS HAVE RIGHTS. LIKE THE RIGHT TO BE INVOLVED AND HEARD IN THE PROCEEDINGS AGANST THE ACCUSED CRIMINAL. THE ONE THING WE ALL HAVE IN COMMON IS WE FEEL HELPLESS. PATTY: KELLY VIERLING’S SON WAS KILLED BY TRISTEN TAYLOR IN 2014 IN PAYNE COUNTY. HE WAS SHOT POINT BLANK IN THE HEAD, TAYLOR WAS SENTENCED TO 8 MONTHS IN JAIL. VIERLING SAYS MARSY’S LAW COULD GIVE VICTIM SURVIVORS MORE SAY.>>IT GIVES US THE ABILITY LIK WE HAVE SO OPPORTUNITY TO BE A CHAMPION IN OUR OWN FIGHT. MARCY’S LAW FOR OKLAHOMA, THIS VICTIMS BILL OF RIGHTS, THIS WILL LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD AT A CONSTITUTIONAL LEVEL

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