Marsy's Law, which gives rights to crime victims, will be on fall 2017 statewide ballot
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Marsy's Law for Ohio, a bill that gives rights to crime victims when it comes to trials and sentencing, will be on the fall 2017 statewide ballot.
Under this amendment, crime victims would have the right to notification of all proceedings, and would have the right to be heard in every step of the process. They would also have the right to input on all plea deals for offenders, as well as the right to restitution resulting from the financial impact of the crime.
The Marsy's Law movement began in 1983, when Marsy Nicholas was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in California, and then her family saw the accused murder one week later inside a grocery store. The family had just visited Mary's grave, and they had no idea the accused murder had been released on bail.
Her brother, Henry T. Nicholas, dedicated himself to making sure victims and their families across the country had constitutional protects and equal rights. Dr. Nicholas is a native of Cincinnati, and is funding the effort in Ohio.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said Monday the victim's rights campaign collected 371,749 valid signatures from 54 counties. The state law requires 305,591 signatures from at least 44 counties to qualify for the general election ballot.
Elected officials, law-enforcement officers and crime victim advocacy groups joined to give their support as signatures were gathered from voters across all 88 counties.