An amendment to the Illinois Constitution is intended to provide greater enforcement of crime victims’ rights. The Senate Wednesday passed “Marsy’s Law,” which – among other things – is supposed to improve communication with the victims and also give them greater standing in court.
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Petersburg resident Mary Kay Mace, whose daughter, Ryanne, was killed at Northern Illinois University in 2008, was at the Capitol to watch the Senate’s vote. “I’ve seen a lot of people who have been re-victimized by the system who have had just horrible experiences, and this law would help them redress those problems when their rights are overlooked,” she said. The law would not have assisted Mace, as the NIU gunman killed himself, but she says advocating for victims’ rights has helped the grief process. The law is named for Marsy Nicholas, a California college student whose parents stumbled upon her killer at a grocery store, unaware he had bonded out of jail after his arrest. HJRCA 29 passed the Senate, 55-1-1, and returns to the House for concurrence.