Monday June 24th, 2019 5:35AM

Amendment No. 4: Creates rights in the judicial system for crime victims

By AccessWDUN

Amendment 4 would add a variation of a Marsy's Law to the Georgia Constitution to provide crime victims with specific rights, including the right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect; the right to notice of all proceedings involving the alleged criminal; the right to be heard at any proceedings involving that release, plea, or sentencing of the accused; and the right to be informed of their rights. 

The amendment also specifically allows the General Assembly to further define, expand, and provide for the enforcement of the rights beyond this amendment.

Marsy’s Law is named after Marsy Nicholas, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Henry Nicholas, her brother, is trying to get similar legislation added to the constitution of all 50 states. Georgia already has a Crime Victims Bill of Rights, but it exists as state law, passed by the legislature, rather than being a part of the constitution.

A YES vote supports adding rights for victims of crime to the state constitution.

A NO vote opposed the measure.

Ballot language:

Senate Resolution No. 146
Resolution Act No. 467
Ga. L. 2018, p. 1139
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide certain rights to victims against whom a crime has allegedly been perpetrated and allow victims to assert such rights?”

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