SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Under Marsy’s Law, a crime victim in California has the right to be notified of all legal proceedings in a case and address the judge before a defendant makes a plea or is sentenced. All too often, however, victims never get their day in court.
KCBS reporter Doug Sovern’s investigation takes a look into the failure of California prosecutors to uphold victims’ rights.
In late July, Jenny, who doesn’t want to reveal her last name, was assaulted by a panhandler outside the Glen Park BART station. Her assailant was arrested for felony assault. The police explained to Jenny’s rights under Marsy’s Law, the California Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights, passed in 2008. Jenny asserted her rights including the right to address the court before her attacker goes to trial.