University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell on May 9 appeared before the Nevada Assembly’s Legislative Operations and Elections Committee, testifying in support of a crime victim’s rights amendment to Nevada’s Constitution.
Cassell supported Senate Joint Resolution No. 17, which would strengthen existing constitutional protections for crime victims in Nevada. For example, the resolution would guarantee crime victims the right to “be treated with fairness and respect for his or her privacy and dignity.” The resolution would also provide protection for victims from defendants, both during the court process and in the parole process.
The resolution passed the Nevada Senate in April unanimously.
Cassell said he supports Senate Joint Resolution No. 17 because it is part of a national effort — known as Marsy’s Law — to ensure enforceable and comprehensive protections for crime victims’ rights in the criminal justice process.
“Just as criminal defendants have a full list of rights in the state constitutions, victims too should have such protections,” said Cassell.
Cassell’s teaching duties at the law school include courses related to victim’s rights.