Marsy’s Law for N.D. Launches New T.V. Ad, “Pastor Randy”
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October 18, 2016
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MARSY’S LAW FOR N.D. LAUNCHES NEW T.V. AD, “PASTOR RANDY”
BISMARCK, N.D. — Marsy’s Law for North Dakota, the coalition supporting Measure 3, proudly launched its latest television ad today educating voters on the real need for stronger crime victims’ rights. The ad, called “Pastor Randy,” features Pastor Randy Upgren of Bismarck challenging opponents of Measure 3 to listen to the stories of crime victims who have had their rights ignored. “Pastor Randy” 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.
“I would invite opponents to hear stories from people in my congregation, from crime victims who were denied their basic rights,” said Upgren. “I support Measure 3 because it gives crime victims the equal rights they deserve. We need to stand up for North Dakota’s crime victims.”
“The real experiences of crime victims in our state are what is behind Measure 3. We hear from crime victims who have been ignored, hung up on, forgotten, and harassed,” said Kathleen Wrigley, chair of Marsy’s Law for North Dakota. “Their stories are what we must hear and work to improve. When we know better, we must do better. Measure 3 does better.”
Measure 3 is an initiated constitutional measure to elevate crime victims’ rights to 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.