17 Feb 2021

Marsy’s Law Threatens Rights of the Accused

On behalf of Jasti & Khandhar   |   Firm News

You may be hearing the term Marsy’s Law more and more these days.  What is Marsy’s Law?  Marsy’s Law is an amendment to Article I, Section 9m, of the Wisconsin Constitution. Wisconsin was one of the latest states to approve the addition of Marsy’s Law to its State Constitution. The purpose of the law is to constitutionalize the rights of victims in criminal proceedings. However, Marsy’s Law is duplicative of many of the victim’s rights that already existed in Wisconsin law. It is also a threat to the rights of the accused for numerous reasons. One of the most serious of which allows alleged victims to deny providing evidence to the accused person (or the accused person’s lawyer). Victim rights advocates and defense attorneys agree that Marsy’s Law is a threat to justice. 

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