The Story Behind the Defeat of an Amendment to Protect NH Crime Victims
Recently, the New Hampshire House rejected a proposed constitutional bill of rights for New Hampshire crime victims, bringing an abrupt halt to a measure that had broad support from the governor, law enforcement and advocates for victims.
The vote against the amendment means the measure won't make it onto state ballots in November.
If the majority of the House had supported the proposal, voters would have been asked whether to amend the state constitution to give crime victims a greater voice in court proceedings, as well as more information about the accused.
The measure, known as Marsy's Law, is named after California college student Marsalee "Marsy" Nicholas, who was stalked and killed in 1983 by an ex-boyfriend.
Supporters of the amendment, including Lyn Schollett, from the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said it would have given victims protections to be heard and weigh in on topics such as when people convicted of abusing them would be up for parole and eventual release.