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May 5, 2008

Victim rights amendments on Oregon ballot

This local AP article spotlights that criminal justice fans should be interested in the Oregon primary for reasons beyond the one that will be covered by most of the media:

Crime victims and their families could play a bigger role in trials and sentencing under two statewide measures on the May 20 ballot.

Measures 51 and 52 essentially make the same changes to two different sections of the Oregon Constitution, including the crime victims' right to be present at key stages in a case and to be consulted about plea negotiations in some cases and to be heard at sentencing.  Many of those rights are already spelled out in Oregon law but lack enforcement provisions.  The measures would also grant the right of appeal for victims who claim their rights are denied.

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