Marsy’s Law fallout: The flawed proposal has sparked real efforts to better help crime victims
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A year ago, it seemed inevitable New Hampshire would be the next state to fall into line on the high-powered Marsy’s Law campaign — an effort to grant constitutional rights to crime victims.
The campaign, funded by a California billionaire, has pushed quite a few states to enact constitutional protections for victims. Its Granite State effort began with reaching out to key players — the governor, lawmakers, police and victims’ rights groups — buttressed by a slick website that offered few specifics and heavy doses of emotional testimonials. The campaign relied on emotional impact, recruiting tearful witnesses who — or whose family members — were victims of heinous acts. Who could argue the victims of terrible crimes ought not have at least the same rights as the criminals who did them wrong?