A proposed amendment to the state Constitution impacting victims of crimes and their families has passed the Illinois House.  The bill, which passed on a 111-2 vote, gives crime victims a way to assert their rights under the Constitution if a prosecutor or judge doesn’t spell out what they are – which has happened.
 
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“It provides standing to a victim, or the family members of a victim, who have not been given their rights under the Constitution,” said Lang.  “Currently, under the Constitution, they have these rights but no way to assert them in a courtroom.”  Lang, who sponsored the amendment, says the changes are modeled after a law in California.  The bill now moves to the Illinois Senate.
 
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