Marsy’s Law for Florida today launched the second set of videos in their social media campaign in support of Amendment 6/Marsy’s Law for Florida, which would embed a new set of crime victims’ rights in the state constitution if passed by 60 percent of voters.
Sharing their personal experiences with the criminal justice system, the crime victims and survivors appearing in the new videos illustrate the ways Amendment 6/Marsy’s Law for Florida strengthens protections for crime victims and their families while preserving due process for those accused or convicted of a crime.
Featured in the videos are:
- Ann Rowe of Tallahassee, who was sexually assaulted and beaten
- Francis Futrill of Jacksonville, whose daughter was murdered
Florida is one of only 15 states that does not have clear, enforceable rights for victims in its state constitution. Some of the constitutional-level rights and protections Amendment 6/Marsy’s Law for Florida would provide include:
- The right to have standing in court
- The right to present at all proceedings involving the case
- The right to reasonable and timely notice of proceedings
- The right to be heard in any proceeding during which a right of the victim is implicated including release, plea, sentencing, disposition, parole, revocation, expungement or pardon
- The right to timely notice of any release, escape or death of the accused, if the accused is in custody or on supervision at the time of death
- The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay
- The right to timely information about the outcome of the case
For more information on Amendment 6/Marsy’s Law for Florida, visit marsyslawforfl.com.
About Marsy’s Law
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. In an effort to honor his sister, Dr. Nicholas, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, has made it his mission to give victims and their families constitutional protections and equal rights. He formed Marsy’s Law for All in 2009, providing expertise and resources to victims’ rights organizations nationwide.