By Cynthia Germain
Door County Sheriff Delarwelle has signed on with more than 100 law enforcement personnel in communities across the state to bring Marsy’s Law to Wisconsin. Marsy’s Law is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas of California who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only one week after her death, Marsy’s mother and brother, Henry T. Nicholas, walked into a grocery store where they were confronted by the accused murderer. The family, who had just come from a visit to Marsy’s grave, was unaware that the accused had been released on bail. Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin, a grassroots coalition to bring similar crime equal rights legislation to Wisconsin, recently announced that more than 100 Chiefs of Police from communities across the state have joined the effort to update Wisconsin’s constitution. Sheriff Delarwelle says that supporting this effort is important to securing the rights of crime victims.
Prominent endorsements from leaders within the law enforcement community have proven integral to the bipartisan statewide coalition of support which now boasts over 200 key endorsements. In addition, Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin has earned the support of all of the state’s prominent law enforcement organizations as well as a growing bipartisan coalition including survivors, victims’ rights advocates, legal experts, and others supporting equal rights for crime victims. With broad support from lawmakers of both parties, the legislation passed through the State Senate and Assembly in 2017 and will now move forward to second consideration in the next legislative session.