Concerned about 'Marsy's Law'
February 12. 2018 6:17PM
To the Editor: As a murder victim family member, I am disturbed by some aspects of the language in the proposed legislation called “Marsy’s Law,” or CACR 22. As currently written, it risks violating the constitutional rights of the accused under the 5th and 14th Amendments.
Moreover, the measure as currently written confuses the role of prosecutor with that of victim’s advocate. Prosecutors should be fighting on behalf of society in general, including upholding the constitution, and not on behalf of individual victims.
In my personal experience seeking legal closure in the case of my brother, who was killed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, the only way to achieve true justice is under a fair legal system. I want to live in a state and a nation in which every effort is made to assure full constitutional rights for anyone accused of a crime, including fair representation of the accused, a vigorous defense, and the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven.
Victims and families will have cold comfort if their loved ones’ crimes are prosecuted without the guarantees enshrined in law. Please ensure that CACR 22 protects the presumption of innocence and the constitutional rights of the accused.