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Victim’s Rights

A cameraman records the judge's podium in a courtroom closed due to budget cuts and layoffs, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles on March 16, 2009. Beset by an unprecedented budget crisis, the LA Superior Court, the largest trial court system in the US, laid off 329 employees and announced the closure of 17 courtrooms, with more of both expected in the future. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Assault Victim Gets Apology From San Francisco DA But Attacker Walks Free

A man who attacked a woman outside a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit station last July will not have to go to jail despite the victim receiving an apology from prosecutors on Monday for violating her rights in the case.

12/18/2013

(CBS)

San Francisco Assault Victim Gets Her Day In Court Under Marsy’s Law

A San Francisco crime victim whose rights were violated when her attacker was released without her knowledge will get her day in court, after all.

12/06/2013

(CBS)

KCBS Cover Story Pt. 6: Bay Area DA Gets Victims Their Marsy’s Law Rights

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.

10/08/2013

A cameraman records the judge's podium in a courtroom closed due to budget cuts and layoffs, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles on March 16, 2009. Beset by an unprecedented budget crisis, the LA Superior Court, the largest trial court system in the US, laid off 329 employees and announced the closure of 17 courtrooms, with more of both expected in the future. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

KCBS Cover Story Pt. 5; Series On Marsy’s Law Failures Prompts Judicial Action

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.

10/07/2013

An image of the California Attorney General Marsy's Law web page. (California DOJ)

KCBS Cover Story Pt. 4: Changes Needed To Fulfill Promise Of Marsy’s Law

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.

10/04/2013

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KCBS Cover Story Pt. 3: California Crime Victims Rarely Invoke Marsy’s Law Rights

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.

10/03/2013

(SLO Sheriff's Office)

KCBS Cover Story Pt. 2: Marsy’s Law Fails San Francisco Assault Victim

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.

10/02/2013

San Francisco Hall of Justice (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

KCBS Cover Story Pt. 1: Marsy’s Law On Victim’s Rights Not Working For All

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.

10/01/2013

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Inmates End Hunger Strike at Pelican Bay, Prison Advocates Rally

Prisoner rights advocates rallied outside San Francisco’s State Building Friday after corrections officials announced that thousands of inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison have ended their second hunger strike after 18 days.

10/14/2011

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