Victims & Leaders Unite for Marsy’s Law/Question 1 – Las Vegas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / LAS VEGAS
February 19, 2018
Las Vegas News Conference Scheduled
Victims & Leaders Unite for Marsy’s Law/Question 1
This November, Nevada will be a major political center of the country with a top U.S. Senate race & State Constitutional Officers up for election. As voters go to the polls to vote for their favorite candidates, they will also have the power to vote for THEMSELVES. The Nevada Secretary of State’s office has assigned Question 1 to Marsy’s Law for Nevada on the November ballot – a proposed constitutional amendment to guarantee enforceable rights to victims of crime. On Tuesday, February 20th victims, elected officials, law enforcement, and community leaders will come out to support our official Campaign Kickoff in a signal of unity on this important measure.
Since any of us can fall victim to crime, Question 1 stands to benefit virtually every citizen in the Silver State. A YES vote on Question 1 will support guaranteed rights for crime victims. Marsy’s Law for Nevada boasts statewide support from civic leaders and neighbors. Sheriffs, police chiefs, district attorneys, council members, county commissioners, mayors, chambers of commerce, associations & unions, and advocacy groups across our state continue to add their names and unite for victims.
We invite the media to join civic leaders and victims on February 20th in Las Vegas as Marsy’s Law for Nevada kicks off our YES ON 1 campaign, urging residents to cast an important vote for themselves.
“YES on 1” NEWS CONFERENCE/Las Vegas
Date: Tuesday, February 20th
Time: 10:00 AM start
Location: Grant Sawyer State Office Building
555 E. Washington, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Rights protected under Question 1/Marsy’s Law would ensure victims or surviving relatives have the guaranteed voice, consideration, and information which we believe every victim deserves during the judicial process. The accused have important, protected rights. Question 1 would give specific guarantees to the victims, enforceable by law such as the:
* Right to receive information about the services available to crime victims
* Right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process
* Right to be protected from the defendant
* Right to notice of all public proceedings in the case
* Right to be reasonably heard, upon request, at all public proceedings regarding the case
* Right to reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding the case
* Right to full and timely restitution
Equal Rights for Nevada Crime Victims.
History of Marsy’s Law
The effort is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in California in 1983. A week later he was released pending his court proceedings and confronted the victim’s family, who had no idea he was out of jail. Today her brother, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, is working to secure a voice and protection for victims and their families, nationwide. Marsy’s Law measures have already passed in California, Illinois, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Ohio.
Marsy’s Law / Senate Joint Resolution 17
Marsy’s Law/SJR 17 was first approved by Nevada state lawmakers in 2015 and again in 2017 as required by Nevada law for a constitutional amendment. The measure now goes to a vote of Nevada residents in the fall of 2018 as Question 1 on the ballot.
Creative Vision PR / Kim Schofield & Deborah Clayton