By Mark Kanz
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel was among those testifying during a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly public safety committees in Madison this past week in support of Marsy’s Law. The proposed constitutional amendment would “ensure equal rights for crime victims that are clear, enforceable, and permanent,” according to Schimel. HELP of Door County Executive Director Steve Vickman says victims’ rights would get even more consideration than under current law.
The law is named after Marsy Nicholas, a California woman who was killed by her boyfriend in 1983. Defense lawyer Dean Strang warns the state could be setting itself up for lawsuits if anyone’s constitutional rights are violated. Five other states have already adopted the law.