Hawaii lawmakers consider 'Marsy's Law'

Hawaii lawmakers consider 'Marsy's Law'

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Dozens of tearful crime victims and their family members are telling Hawaii lawmakers they should have more constitutional rights.

They crowded into a hearing room Tuesday as lawmakers considered a bill that would grant them more information about cases. It would require the state to inform victims of court proceedings and major developments in cases.

The law is named after Marsalee "Marsy" Nicholas, a California college student who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. A week after her murder, her brother and mother ran into the suspect in a grocery store because authorities didn't notify them that the suspect had been released on bail.

Voters in California were the first to pass the law in 2008. Several other states are considering similar bills this year.

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