Ohio voters stood with Marsy.
Voters elected to pass Issue 1, also known as Marsy’s Law on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
Marsy’s Law is named after Marsy Nicholas, a 21-year-old California woman killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Shortly after her murder, her ex-boyfriend ran into Marsy's mother in the grocery store while he was out on bail. The run-in prompted Marsy's brother, the billionaire co-founder of the Broadcom Corporation Henry Nicholas, to craft a ballot initiative to protect victims' families from similar unwelcome surprises.
Issue 1 will change Ohio's constitution to include several rights for victims and their families. If these rights are violated, individuals could protest by filing a motion in court. The list of 10 items includes the rights to:
-timely notification of all court proceedings.
-be present and heard at all court proceedings.
-a prompt conclusion of the case.
-refuse an interview or other requests made by the accused in most cases.
-notice when the accused is released or escapes.
-money from the convicted for harm caused, such as compensation for stolen items.
-information about the services available to crime victims.
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