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PDAA Statement on Marsy’s Law Appeal

February 9, 2021

Harrisburg, PA — The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association today issued the following statement regarding Marsy’s Law and the state’s decision not to participate in the appeal to the Supreme Court:

“We are disappointed and surprised that the Department of State will not lead the representation of victims across the Commonwealth as part of the Marsy’s Law case.  Thankfully, Marsy’s Law can and will defend the constitutionality of this amendment. Victims and their perspective deserve to be heard. Just as we did in Commonwealth Court, PDAA will file an amicus brief in support of crime victims and Marsy’s Law.  These circumstances remind us, once again, that the deck is often stacked against victims of crime –a fact that in and of itself speaks to the necessity of Marsy’s Law.”

In January 2021, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion that invalidated Marsy’s Law, an important constitutional amendment to elevated existing constitutional victims’ rights to the Constitution.

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Contact: Greg Rowe, PDAA Executive Director, (717) 231-3912 or growe@pdaa.org

 

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