Mineral County Commissioners – Jerrie Tipton, Garth Price and Chris Hegg have joined with other colleagues across Nevada on behalf of victims’ rights.
Showing their support for Marsy’s Law during their July 11 meeting, the commissioners endorsed the law which will be Question 1 on the November ballot.
By uniting, the commissioners agree that Nevadans deserve stronger protected rights during the judicial process of a criminal case.
Marsy’s Law is an effort named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in California in 1983. A week later, he was released pending his court proceedings and went face to face with the Marsy’s family, who had no idea that he had been released from custody. Today, Marsy’s brother, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas is working to secure a voice and protection for victims and their families, nationwide. The Marsey’s Law measure has already successfully been passed in California, Illinois, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota.
Marsy’s Law ensures the right to receive information about the services available to crime victims; right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process; right to be protected from the defendant; right to notice of all public proceedings in the case; right to be reasonably heard, upon request, at all public proceedings regarding the case; right to reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding the case and right to full and timely restitution.
Residents of Mineral County will be able to respond to Marsy’s Law on the November 2018 ballot with Question 1.