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Marsy’s Law for Idaho

I remember being a teenager in Canyon County and hearing the story of Angie DeLeon’s murder. I could not understand how something so sad and horrific could happen, especially because only hours before the attacker was locked up in jail. Sometimes, the laws have gone so far that they protect the wrong people, like caring more about an attacker’s right to get out of jail than about a victim’s safety.

Marsy’s Law for Idaho would have made sure that courts can and should consider the victim’s safety before releasing a defendant. It would have also made sure that someone in the court system let the victim know when, where and what was happening with a case, so the victim can speak if they want to. Law enforcement, prosecutors and groups who work with victims daily all supported Marsy’s Law, but the House of Representatives denied citizens a chance to vote on it this November.

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Thankfully we have legislators like Sen. Todd Lakey, R-Nampa, and Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, who have vowed to fight for victims in Idaho and will not stop until Marsy’s Law is passed. Maybe Rep. Scott Syme, R-Caldwell, should listen more to his fellow Canyon County delegation than those with less than stellar reputations.

Idaho’s laws did not protect Angie DeLeon, but hopefully the Idaho Legislature will see that we can, and should, do more to protect victims when they meet again in 2019.

— Zara Sorenson, Wilder

 

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