marsys-law

State court rules against certifying crime victims’ amendment Marsy’s Law, appeal pending

BY: and - January 7, 2021

A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday invalidated more than 2 million votes cast on Marsy’s Law, a ballot measure that aimed to strengthen the rights of crime victims that overwhelmingly passed in 2019, claiming the measure was unconstitutionally presented to the state’s voters. The ruling, agreed to by three judges of the state Commonwealth Court, […]

COMMENTARY

The voters have spoken. The ACLU needs to drop its Marsy’s Law challenge | Opinion

BY: - April 22, 2020

Pennsylvanians who approved this constitutional amendment last November should continue to make sure the voices of victims are heard.

Controversial victims’ rights amendment Marsy’s Law wins majority support; still faces court challenge

BY: - November 5, 2019

The amendment expanding rights for crime victims still faces a constitutional challenge that could end up before the Pa. Supreme Court

Voters may cast a ballot on Marsy’s Law, but a count will have to wait, Pa. Supremes rule

BY: - November 4, 2019

Pennsylvania voters can cast their ballots Tuesday — but when it comes to one controversial ballot measure, the state won’t be a-counting.

Future of Marsy’s Law unclear, but voters will still be able to see how it performs on Election Day

BY: - November 3, 2019

A Commonwealth Court judge ruled this week that Pennsylvania’s top election official can’t tally or certify votes on Marsy’s Law, a proposed constitutional amendment that will go before voters on Nov. 5.  But that doesn’t mean that Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, which administer elections, can’t report unofficial results after the polls close. The Wednesday ruling by  […]

Pa. Supreme Court asked to weigh in on last-minute challenge to Marsy’s Law

BY: - November 1, 2019

A spokeswoman from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts could not predict when the Supreme Court will issue its ruling on the case. 

COMMENTARY

We need to hear more victims’ voices, we need Marsy’s Law | Opinion

BY: - November 1, 2019

if victims’ rights are not also protected by the constitution, then they are meaningless.

Judge blocks Pennsylvania elections officials from tallying Nov. 5 votes on Marsy’s Law

BY: - October 30, 2019

Voters will still be able to cast ballots on the amendment in the general election on Nov. 5.

Will Marsy’s Law votes count? State judge to rule soon on November crime victims amendment

BY: - October 23, 2019

A Commonwealth Court judge expects to decide this week whether or not to allow Pennsylvania’s top election official to count votes on Marsy’s Law, a proposed constitutional amendment that grants new legal rights to crime victims. 

Your guide to Pennsylvania’s Nov. 5 general election

BY: and - October 21, 2019

Here's what you need to know about Pa.'s statewide judicial races as well as a ballot question concerning Marsy's Law.

Opponents of Marsy’s Law are suing to keep the crime victims measure off the Nov. 5 ballot

BY: - October 10, 2019

The amendment would inscribe Pennsylvania’s crime victim statutes in the state Constitution, giving victims a path to assert those rights in court. 

Billionaire backer of Marsy’s Law cuts deal on drug trafficking charges

BY: - July 31, 2019

Nicholas is the backer of the nationwide push for the victims’ rights measure Marsy’s Law, which seeks to change state laws to enshrine rights for crime victims.