Judge Rules Victim’s Rights Law Unfairly Limits Parole Hearings

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on April 4, 2014 · 0 comments

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santa ana criminal defense attorneyA judge has ruled that a portion of the California Victim’s Bill of Rights is unconstitutional. The law governed how often prisoners serving life sentences could go before the parole board.

The judge who heard the case said that limiting parole hearings for inmates creates a risk that inmates incarcerated before the law took effect would serve longer sentences. If his decision is made final, than all prisoners convicted before November of 2008 would be granted annual parole hearings unless the parole board ruled otherwise. Victim’s families say that the hearings are emotionally taxing.

The law, known as Marsy’s Law, provided for the safety and dignity of the victims of crime. The law lengthened the time between parole hearings for inmates serving life sentences to anywhere from three to 15 years.  If Marsy’s Law is overturned, inmates would be able to go before the parole board every year if they chose to do so.

Marsy’s Law was named for Orange County billionaire Henry Nicholas, whose 23-year-old sister Marsy was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.

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