FRANKFORT, Ky -- A victims rights constitutional amendment moves forward in the early days of the General Assembly. Marsy's Law would create a Victims' Bill of Rights that has wide support among Kentucky lawmakers, but must ultimately be approved by voters in the November General Election.
Supporters say too often crime victims have little input into the judicial system until after a conviction and then only at a sentencing hearing. Marsy's Law gives victims rights to judicial information, court dates, and even representation within the court system.
Opponents say there is no funding for the amendment and that its ultimate purpose is to win more cases and impose stiffer punishments.