Crossing Party Lines For Crime Victims’ Rights

Marsy’s Law for Maine, L.D. 1168, is a legislative initiative that crosses party lines. Members of the Maine House and Senate, and people across Maine — regardless of which, if any, political party they identify with — support the equal, strong and enforceable constitutional rights Marsy’s Law for Maine will grant victims of serious crime in our state.

At the April 4th announcement launching our effort, Maine Senate President Mike Thibodeau, a Republican who is the lead sponsor of Marsy’s Law for Maine, indicated that he is proud of the bipartisan support behind the effort, and said that the rights enumerated in the bill are “about righting a wrong and ensuring the rights of victims are on equal footing as the accused.” 

Democratic House Majority Leader Erin Herbig, a co-sponsor of Marsy’s Law for Maine, said at the announcement event, “… today is a great example of what he (Senate President Thibodeau) and I often do, which is put politics aside to protect Maine families.” She also said, “Granting equal rights to victims of crime is not a political issue. It’s the right thing to do.”

Victims of violent crimes like murder, rape, and assault deserve rights that are recognized at the highest levels of Maine’s criminal justice system – rights that are equal to those accused or convicted of the crimes against them. Maine people agree that Marsy’s Law for Maine is an effort we can all support, regardless of our politics.