Wisconsin should be proud of Marsy’s Law
More than six years ago, my family was changed forever when my mom and sister were murdered.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think about them or miss them.
While dealing with the shock and pain of the loss of people I love, I also had to navigate the criminal justice process — which is why I am such a strong supporter of Wisconsin’s crime victims’ rights constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law.
I don’t think many people understand just how traumatizing it can be for victims to move through criminal court.
Marsy’s Law provides strong rights, including the right to be heard, the right to be present and the right to restitution.
During my case, some of the burden was eased by the kind, empathetic, and responsive victim witness coordinator and the district attorney’s office who supported me throughout the process.
But, there was a noticeable difference in the rights available to me after Marsy’s Law was adopted in 2020.
I only wish it had been in place earlier in my mom’s and sister’s killer’s trial.
Marsy’s Law helps people who are facing their worst moments.
Wisconsin should be proud that Marsy’s Law is part of its Constitution.
– Samara Teague