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Organizers of the Marsy’s Law initiative have announced the entire Elko City Council, along with Mayor Chris Johnson, endorsed Marsy’s Law for Nevada/Question 1 for victims of crime.

Johnson is joined by Councilmen Reece Keener, John Patrick Rice, Robert Schmidtlein and Councilwoman Mandy Simons in this unified stand for victims’ rights.

The pledge of the Elko City Council is focused on the residents and community: “Our Administration departments are dedicated to providing excellent service to the public through dialogue, dedication and innovation. Our employees are team members, always challenged, always supported, and ready to serve our shareholders, the citizens of the City of Elko.”

Marsy’s Law for Nevada advocates thank these dedicated civic leaders who work to provide residents with services they deserve, and look to the future of the community. The Elko City Council members join with leaders from across Nevada in their support of crime victims’ rights and Marsy’s Law for Nevada/Question 1.

“Just as the accused have important protected rights, the victims deserve a guaranteed voice, information and consideration during the judicial process,” stated publicity from the initiative. “We all deserve Marsy’s Law for Nevada.

The group says once approved by voters Marsy’s Law would ensure the:

  • Right to receive information about the services available to crime victims
  • Right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process
  • Right to notice of all public proceedings in the case
  • Right to be reasonably heard, upon request, at all public proceedings regarding the case
  • Right to reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding the case
  • Right to full and timely restitution

The effort is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in California in 1983. A week later he was released pending his court proceedings and went face to face with the victim’s family, who had no idea he was out of jail. Today her brother, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, is working to secure a voice and protection for victims and their families, nationwide.

Marsy’s Law measures have already passed in California, Illinois, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Ohio.

Nevada’s Senate Joint Resolution 17 was approved by lawmakers in 2015 and again in 2017 as required for a constitutional amendment. The measure will now go to a vote of Nevada residents in 2018 as Question 1 on the November ballot.

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