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Victim's Rights May Increase

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Although the law exists to protect its citizens, if the Illinois Amendment to Section 8.1 regarding victims' rights passes, a danger exists that victim's rights will trump and overshadow a defendant's rights.  Any addition to the rights victims currently possess in the criminal legal system may unbalance the precarious tension between protection of victims and protection of the accused.  In addition, Prosecutors will be put in the position of representing the victims, as oppose to fighting for justice and upholding the law.

In the November election, Illinois voters will have the opportunity to voice their opinion.  A recapitulation of arguments for and against the Amendment is located at:

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/con_amend/ca_english.pdf

An additional article that posits lights on this subject is:

http://northernpublicradio.org/post/after-22-years-crime-victims-back-ballot

Please read about this issue before voting yes to the Illinois Constitutional amendment on victim's rights.

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