Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin unveiled a constitutional amendment to update our state Constitution and secure equal rights for crime victims during National Crime Victims Week. Since then, support for the amendment – which would update our Constitution and build on Wisconsin’s proud tradition of leading on victims’ rights – has come from victim advocates, attorneys, law enforcement, and others on social media and in statements across the state.
Check Out What Supporters of Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin Are Saying:
Golden House of Green Bay: “We’re honored to support Marsy’s Law, and we really are excited to see what else we can do in the state of Wisconsin with our partners to make sure that victim rights are taken as seriously as other voices.”
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel: “We have a proud tradition of standing up for the rights of crime victims in our state and the most compassionate and dedicated people in the country doing that hard work every day – but in Wisconsin we always move forward, and it’s time to do so now.”
Brown County District Attorney David Lasee: “I can tell you from experience as a prosecutor, our primary role is to be a voice for crime victims, and often times we’re their only voice in the courtroom – because unfortunately, they’re not given that opportunity to speak and participate in that process.”
Manitowoc County District Attorney Jacalyn LaBre: “I’ve seen victims throughout the system who have had their lives turned upside down. … It’s vitally important that they understand the process, that we make the process as easy on them as possible, that they have rights, that they are informed, and that they’re treated with respect.”
Wisconsin Professional Police Association Executive Director Jim Palmer: “Enacting Marsy’s Law here in Wisconsin will not only represent an important extension of law enforcement’s fundamental duty to protect the public, but the state’s proud legacy as a national leader in advancing the interests of crime victims as well.”
Brown County Sheriff John Gossage: “It’s important that we show support for crime victims. … I think this is an important step that could become a national pedestal.”
Racine County Sheriff Chris Schmaling: “Marsy’s Law for everyone would be an empowering set of victim tools that we can all feel good about, and know that we can and will do more for victims in the state of Wisconsin.”
About Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin
Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin is a grassroots coalition that has developed a unique proposal to give victims of crime equal rights in our state, building on Wisconsin’s laws and history of leading on this issue. Marsy’s Law is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas of California who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only one week after her death, Marsy’s mother and brother, Henry T. Nicholas, walked into a grocery store where they were confronted by the accused murderer. The family, who had just come from a visit to Marsy’s grave, was unaware that the accused had been released on bail. In an effort to honor his sister, Dr. Nicholas has made it his life’s mission to give victims and their families constitutional protections and equal rights.
Victims and supporters interested in sharing their stories can email [email protected].