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Ohio voters approve Issue 1 to expand crime victim rights

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Ohio voters checked yes on Issue 1 - a measure that will expand victims' rights in criminal proceedings.

Marsy's Law for Ohio, Issue 1, would establish constitutional rights for crime victims, including the right to be notified of the escape or release of the offender.

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The constitutional amendment is named after Marsalee "Marsy" Nicholas, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.

According to The Courier in Findlay:

Marsy’s Law was championed by Henry Nicholas in memory of his sister, Marsy, a University of California Santa Barbara student who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. A week after her murder, Marsy’s mother and brother walked into a grocery store where they saw the accused murderer. The family, who had just visited Marsy’s grave, had no idea the accused had been released on bail.

Proponents said the "yes" vote will strengthen laws that have failed to fully protect the rights of crime victims.

Opponents said implementing these new protections will be expensive.

Click or tap here to read more about Issue 1.

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