Rep. Gosar Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect the rights of Victims

 

For Immediate Release
April 24, 2013

 

Contact: Orlando Watson
Orlando.Watson@mail.house.gov

   
Rep. Gosar Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect the rights of Victims
“We have a criminal justice system that over time has lost sight of victims’ rights”   

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-04) co-sponsored the Victims’ Rights Amendment (H.J. Res. 40); legislation intended to amend the Constitution and afford all victims of crime the opportunity to have a participatory role in the criminal justice system and extend certain protections of law to victims during their involvement with those processes. The amendment was originally introduced by Arizona Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08). Rep. Gosar issued the following statement:

“We have a criminal justice system that over time has lost sight of victims’ rights. It is important to find and punish criminals, but that is only half of the equation. The other equally important part is to ensure the rights of a victim to fairness, dignity, and respect.”

Congressman Gosar continued, “In Arizona, we have a constitutional amendment protecting the rights of victims and it serves as a working model for the nation. Extending these protections would change the way crime victims are treated nationally.”

Congressman Gosar co-sponsored similar legislation in the 112th Congress.

The Victims’ Rights Amendment would, if enacted, convey to a crime victim the rights to notice of public judicial proceedings; to be heard at any judicial proceedings; to speedy judicial proceedings; to proper and swift notice if the alleged perpetrator is released from custody; to due consideration of the victim’s safety; and to restitution should the alleged perpetrator be convicted. No constitutional right afforded to a criminal would be infringed upon or decreased. 

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