05.30.19

Senator David Perdue Honored By Marsy’s Law For Georgia

Awarded For Supporting Expanded Rights For Victims Of Violent Crimes

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) has been honored by Marsy’s Law For Georgia for his advocacy and support for expanding constitutional rights for victims of violent crimes. Last November, Georgians overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 4, Marsy’s Law, on the 2018 midterm ballot.

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“After going through the trauma of a violent crime, victims and their families deserve to know if the accused attacker has been released,” said Senator Perdue. “Marsy’s Law for Georgia is doing great work to raise awareness and ensure both victims and their families have a voice in our criminal justice system. It’s an honor to join them and millions of Georgians in continued efforts to protect victims of violent crime.”

 “We are extremely grateful for Senator Perdue’s dedication and hard work on behalf of victims of crime,” said Erinn Mahathey, National Outreach Director of Marsy’s Law for All. “His exceptional service in supporting the passage of Marsy’s Law helped to add Georgia to the growing list of states where crime victims have the constitutionally protected equal rights they deserve.”

 Background:

  • Marsy’s Law amends the Georgia State Constitution to include a bill of rights for victims of violent crimes during criminal proceedings. The ballot measure had bipartisan support from both Georgia state and federal lawmakers.
  • The law was named for Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, who was tragically killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. A week after Marsy was murdered, her parents walked into a grocery store and were confronted by the accused murderer. The family was not alerted that the accused murderer was back in the community after being released on bail.
  • Marsy’s Law for All is an effort to provide constitutional rights to crime victims and their families during trial proceedings.
  • Marsy’s Law has been passed in 11 states, including Georgia, and efforts are currently underway in seven others. Marsy’s Law received support from 80 percent of voting Georgians on the 2018 midterm ballot.

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