Group works to get crime victims bill of rights added to Montana Constitution
BILLINGS, Mont. -
An initiative that could change the state's constitution to give victims of crimes more rights could appear on the November ballot. The organizers of Marsy's Law for Montana say a crime victim bill of rights would raise the rights of victims to the same level as a person accused of a crime. Charles Denowh, the State Director of Marsy's Law for Montana, says crime victims feel left out. Denowh says, "It's important when there's a conflict of rights that victims are on the same level as the rights for people that are accused of crime because right now if there's a conflict of those rights the person who is accused of the crime their rights trump and that shouldn't be the case victims should be on an equal playing field." The Secretary of State's office says before the initiative is approved to appear on the ballot, the organization has to get nearly 50,000 signatures that will be checked by the Secretary of State's office.