The Pursuit Of Justice For Homicide Victims

Something happened last week at a graveyard in Whittier, California that you might never hear about unless I tell you. Jack Reilley, whose daughter Robbin was murdered in 1986, was speaking to families on the…

Memorial Held In Honor Of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Pictures of murder victims were displayed outside the San Bernardino County Government Center in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The week kicked off Monday with a memorial honoring victims and their families in…

ICYMI: “Still More Work Ahead On Victims’ Rights”

National Victims’ Rights Week is from April 6-12. This year’s theme is “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.” This year we mark an important milestone in the rights of crime victims. Since the passage…

Victims’ Relatives Address Judge Under Marsy’s Law

Seal Beach salon massacre suspect Scott Dekraai will go on trial June 9 after a judge ruled Monday that two halves of his trial will be conducted months apart with different juries. The unusual move…

The Santos Family Deserves Justice Under Marsy’s Law

Fred Santos still fumes, nearly three full years since first reading then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s flippant defense for reducing the prison sentence of a political ally’s son by saying “Well, hello! I mean, of course you…

Why Crime Victims Need Their Own Voice In The Criminal Justice Process

Last week, I argued before the Supreme Court in Paroline v. U.S. & Amy.  As the case caption itself suggests, our criminal justice system is shifting, at least to some modest degree, from a two-sided,…

Supreme Court Weighs Restitution In Child Pornography Case

The Supreme Court faced three options Wednesday for extracting restitution from perpetrators of child pornography: Sock them for their victim’s full compensation, none of it, or something in between. The justices didn’t like any of…

San Francisco Assault Victim Gets Her Day In Court Under Marsy’s Law

A San Francisco crime victim whose rights were violated when her attacker was released without her knowledge will get her day in court after all. Two months ago, KCBS investigated a case involving a woman…

Under Marsy’s Law, Fort Hood Shooter Could Be Challenged By Attorney For Victims

“I am the shooter.” Maj. Nidal Hasan made that blunt declaration Tuesday at the outset of his court-martial in the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood. The Army psychiatrist is charged with killing 13 and wounding…

State’s Top Court Ruling Hailed As Big Win For Victims’ Rights

In what one advocate called the most important victims’ rights ruling in New Jersey history, the state Supreme Court on Monday ordered that a criminal defendant does not have an absolute right to skip his…

ICYMI: “Advocates Seek Constitutional Amendment On Crime Victims’ Rights”

Heather Grossman can no longer brush her hair, hold a bottle of water to her lips, hug her three children. That’s because 14 years ago, when she lived in Florida, Grossman was shot through her…