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In response to this special series, San Francisco’s Presiding Judge and the state’s Chief Justice are both recommending reforms. KCBS has also learned that one Bay Area district attorney, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, is taking it even one step further, training his attorneys to observe a victim’s Marsy’s rights, even if the victim doesn’t ask for them to be honored.
In response to a KCBS investigation into the violation of victims’ rights in California, the presiding judge in San Francisco is recommending new procedures for the courts to follow. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports exclusively that the state’s Chief Justice is also asking judges in other counties to consider doing the same.
A KCBS investigation has determined that the rights of California crime victims are often ignored, despite the passage five years ago of a landmark law to protect them.
Crime victims rarely invoke the rights afforded to them under Marsy’s Law, and California prosecutors often ignore those who do insist on the protections that law enshrines in the state constitution.
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.
Five years ago, California voters amended the state constitution to create a Victim’s Bill of Rights. But the case of a San Francisco woman, who was attacked outside a BART station, raises questions about how well that law is working. And, an investigation by KCBS reporter Doug Sovern suggests this is not an isolated case.
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – As negotiations are ongoing and the stalemate continues between Bay Area Rapid Transit officials and its labor unions, commuters are having to plan ahead for a possible strike. During the early […]
With another BART strike looming, commuters may have to find an alternate way of getting around.
A coalition of local organizations have aligned themselves against a part of the federal immigration reform proposal that would change the existing family reunion program.
All the produce from the Bounty Garden goes to local food banks, which are facing shortages of vegetables.