Marsy’s Law For North Dakota Launches Radio Ad, First TV Ad, “Donnie”
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September 13, 2016
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MARSY’S LAW FOR N.D. LAUNCHES RADIO AD, FIRST TV AD, “DONNIE”
Perleberg Family Tells Their Story
BISMARCK, N.D. — With 56 days until Election Day, Marsy’s Law for North Dakota, the coalition supporting Measure 3, has launched a radio ad and its first television ad. The ad, called “Donnie,” makes the case for the need for stronger crime victims’ rights, personified through the family of Donnie Perleberg, who was murdered at a wedding reception in New Rockford, N.D. last year. “Donnie” is a significant ad buy that will be seen statewide to educate and inform voters on the importance of supporting Measure 3, equal rights for crime victims, on the ballot in November.
“What the Perleberg family has experienced within our criminal justice system is not only heartbreaking but unacceptable. And to make matters worse, they are not alone,” said Kathleen Wrigley, chair of Marsy’s Law for North Dakota. “There are too many instances in our state where crime victims have been ignored and even harassed. Measure 3 does better for the people of our state by placing crime victims’ rights on a level playing field to the rights of the accused, without diminishing any existing rights. We all want what’s best for crime victims and when we know better, we must do better. Measure 3 does better.”
“I am speaking out for stronger crime victims’ rights because most people don’t realize that my family is not alone in what we experienced in the criminal justice system. This is happening right here in North Dakota,” said Pam Perleberg, Donnie Perleberg’s sister. “I’m shining a light on it so other families who are crime victims will not have to wonder what their rights are in the future.”
Measure 3 is an initiated constitutional measure to elevate crime victims’ rights to have the same level of legal guarantees and protections as the rights of accused and convicted criminals. These rights include the right to be heard, the right to be notified of proceedings, the right to be free from harassment and the right to restitution. Under North Dakota’s existing statutory laws, crime victims have too often been overlooked, ignored and even harassed at the hands of the criminal justice system. Phone calls for information have not been returned, crime victims have not been aware of plea agreements, others have been harassed within the system, and even not notified when a convicted criminal was released. As North Dakotans, we deserve better than this.
More than 30 states already have constitutional crime victims’ rights. Measure 3 will bring North Dakota into the 21st century to protect crime victims’ fundamental rights.
For more information, visit www.equalrightsfornorthdakota.com.