On Friday, May 1, 2015, Professor Paul Cassell will testify before the Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, in support of House Joint Resolution 45. Introduced by Rep. Trent Franks from Arizona, House Joint Resolution 45 is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would protect crime victims’ rights throughout the criminal justice process. The Victims’ Rights Amendment would extend to crime victims a series of rights, including the right to be notified of court hearings, the right to attend those hearings, and the right to speak at particular court hearings (such as hearings regarding bail, plea bargains, and sentencing).
In his testimony, Cassell explains why he believes is it desirable to have constitutional protection of victims’ rights. He also explains how various state constitutional amendments serve as a useful guide to interpreting in the federal amendment.
Cassell’s testimony is available here: testimony-final