Kentucky voters pass Marsy's Law

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- A constitutional amendment was on this year's ballot in Kentucky seeking to guarantee a crime victim's bill of rights. Called Marsy's Law, it was named for a California woman who was murdered by a stalker.

It provides common sense protections to crime victims like being notified of court proceedings or when the defendant is being released. But some defense attorneys say passing the law is tantamount to declaring the defendant "guilty till proven innocent."

The vote shows 63% of respondents voting in favor of adding Marsy's Law as a constitutional amendment with 37% voting "No."

The Kentucky Supreme Court is currently reviewing a legal challenge from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. They disagree with the wording of the ballot question, not the substance or intent of the constitutional amendment.

If the Supreme Court overturns the lower court ruling and voters approve Marsy's Law as it appears they have, it will be added to Kentucky's constitution.



 
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