- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A former North Dakota attorney general and retired district court judge is leading an effort opposing a ballot measure that would incorporate victims’ rights provisions into the state constitution.

Robert Wefald says changing the constitution will do nothing to strengthen crime victim laws in the state. Wefald is chairman of a campaign committee that includes groups representing crime victims and defense attorneys and prosecutors.

Supporters believe the so-called Marsy’s Law will bolster the rights of crime victims.

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 the Dakotas.

Records show the California businessman has given more than $1 million toward the effort in North Dakota.

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