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Marsy’s law vote: reps. Giddings, Shepherd were disappointing

Letter to the Editor

It’s disappointing the Idaho Legislature failed to provide enough support for Marsy’s Law – a constitutional amendment to improve the rights of crime victims – and ultimately put this important initiative in the hands of voters.

It’s true a simple majority of house legislators (42) sided with crime victims and put their faith in the people. But 28 lawmakers sided with criminal defense lawyers, causing the proposed amendment to fall short of the necessary two-thirds majority.

Marsy’s Law for Idaho would have updated and strengthened the voter-approved 1994 Victims’ Rights Amendment. These are rights like notifying a victim when the criminal is released and the right to confer with prosecutors on the case. It was supported by sheriffs, firefighters and prosecutors. It was opposed by criminal defenders, the ACLU and Reps. Priscilla Giddings and Paul Shepherd.

If they are unwilling to stand up for Idaho’s most vulnerable, then with whom are they willing to stand?

Christie Call



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