Marsy's Law goes on airwaves ahead of election

09/27/2018 01:13 PM

LOUISVILLE- Marsy’s Law for Kentucky has launched a statewide television ad campaign ahead of the November election.

The campaign includes three ads encouraging voters to support the constitutional amendment on the ballot.

The first series of ads is titled “One Day” and shows a victim coming face-to-face with their attacker.

The other two ads in the series are similar with varying situations.

Marsy’s Law, if ratified by voters in November, would create a Victims’ Bill of Rights within the Kentucky Constitution.

Those rights include the right to notice of proceedings or of escape or release of the accused, the right to be present, the right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay, the right to consult with the prosecution, the right to reasonable protection from the accused, the right to consideration of the victims’ safety when setting bail or release conditions, the right to restitution, the right to fairness in consideration of the victims’ safety, dignity and privacy, and the right to be informed of the rights.

Kentucky is one of 14 states that do not offer constitutional level protections for crime victims.

The ballot question is facing opposition within the state however, the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the questions from appearing on the ballot. KACDL says the wording of the ballot question is misleading, and the law could significantly change the criminal defense system.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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