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Victims of crime want rights stated in Hawaii constitution

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Some Hawaii crime victims are telling lawmakers they want their rights to be protected under the state constitution.

They say they need protection from threats. They also want to be notified in advance of court proceedings and major developments in criminal cases they're involved in.

The Senate Committee on Judiciary heard the proposal Tuesday. They postponed making a decision on the bill until Wednesday.

Victims of crimes do have rights under state law. But advocates say the rights need to be spelled out in the constitution so judges will take those rights more seriously.

The state attorney general's office opposes the bill and says it could cause delays and create issues in criminal justice proceedings.

If approved by the Legislature and governor, the proposal would then go to the voters.

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