Marsy’s Law Launches First TV Ad In South Dakota

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2016

Contact: Jason Glodt


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Marsy’s Law Launches First TV Ad in South Dakota

“One Day” Asks Voters for Yes on S


(Pierre, SD)—Today Marsy’s Law for South Dakota launched a new television ad that will run statewide starting today and will run in rotation with additional Marsy’s Law ads to be announced in the near future. The ad, called “One Day,” is a significant ad buy which asks voters to support Amendment S, also known as Marsy’s Law for South Dakota. Amendment S would provide South Dakota crime victims with the equal constitutional rights that are already afforded to the accused and convicted.

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“South Dakota has some of the weakest laws in the nation for crime victims and we are one of the last remaining states that have not yet passed constitutional rights for crime victims,” said Jason Glodt, State Director for Marsy’s Law and former Assistant Attorney General. “All crime victims deserve the right to be notified about hearings in the judicial process and to be present and heard at those hearings. Victims also deserve a constitutional right to be notified when offenders are released from bail or prison.”

Recent polling shows strong support for Amendment S by voters in South Dakota. The poll, conducted in July, showed voters approved expanding rights for crime victims by an overwhelming 74%-18% margin. The poll also shows that when voters are given more information about the amendment, support climbs to 84%-12%.

Marsy’s Law for South Dakota is a Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights that is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Ann Nicholas. Marsy was a beautiful, vibrant college student who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only a week after Marsy was murdered, Marcella Leach and her son, Henry, Marsy’s older brother, walked into a grocery store after visiting her daughter’s grave and were confronted by the accused murderer. They had no idea that he had been released on bail.

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