- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The State Bar of South Dakota has put its seal of disapproval on a constitutional amendment that supporters believe would strengthen crime victims’ rights in the state.

The Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/292JHxH) reports that attorneys at a State Bar meeting voted Friday to oppose the so-called Marsy’s Law, now in effect in California and Illinois.

Former state Attorney General Mark Meierhenry says it’s “an idea chasing a problem” South Dakota doesn’t have. Amendment sponsor Jason Glodt says existing law doesn’t involve victims enough in the judicial process.

The law is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Her brother, Henry Nicholas, is bankrolling a national effort to expand the law into more states, including both Dakotas.

The California businessman has put nearly $800,000 toward the campaign in South Dakota.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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