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The Commonwealth Court, today, issued an injunction against counting and certifying a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution on the ballot to codify victim rights. Known as Marsy’s Law. The vote will go forward, however, in November.
Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm issued the following statement on today’s court ruling:
Seeking justice for crime victims has always been an uphill battle. Challenges were, and continue to be, expected. This is why it is vitally important that each and every Pennsylvania voter goes to the polls on November 5 and votes YES to Marsy’s Law. Protecting victims’ rights has never been more important than in this moment – and the ability to act has never been in the hands of citizens like it is right now.
In earlier statements Elizabeth Randol, legislative director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania said:
“Amending the constitution should never be taken lightly. But in two legislative sessions, neither judiciary committee in the House nor the Senate has held a single hearing to vet the complicated issues involved in this legislation.
“Because this is a constitutional amendment and not a statutory change, any flaws in the functionality of these new rights will only be fixed by another constitutional amendment. This is no way to make new law.”
The ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters are the plaintiffs in this case.