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Attorney General Daniel Cameron files motion to defend placing Marsy’s Law on November ballot

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to defend placing Marsy’s Law, a proposed constitutional amendment that provides a “Bill of Rights” for crime victims in Kentucky, on the November ballot.

“The Kentucky Constitution permits the General Assembly to place proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot for consideration by the people,” said Attorney General Cameron. “Because government derives its power from the people, I will strongly defend the right of Kentuckians to vote on proposed constitutional amendments, including Marsy’s Law.”

Attorney General Daniel Cameron

Marsy’s Law, sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield, was passed by the General Assembly in an overwhelming, bipartisan fashion earlier this year and includes constitutional protections for victims of crime. These protections ensure crime victims are afforded due process and provided with specific rights, including notification of all court proceedings.

“Kentucky crime victims deserve these rights protected in our constitution, and I’m proud to fight in court against the criminal defense bar that believes victims should be treated as second-class citizens in the criminal justice process,” said Senator Westerfield. “I’m grateful to have Attorney General Cameron join Marsy‘s Law for Kentucky and me in this legal challenge.”

The current court challenge against Marsy’s Law was filed by the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and challenges the process used to pass the law and the constitutionality of the measure. In 2019, the Kentucky Supreme Court heard a separate legal challenge to Marsy’s Law and struck the law down, based on the ballot language of the constitutional amendment.

To view a copy of the motion, visit hag.ky.gov.

From Attorney General’s Office

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