Marsy's Law's fate still up in the air after Kentuckians vote to amend constitution

Published: Nov. 6, 2018 at 10:59 PM EST
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Kentucky voters have approved an amendment to the constitution, but it could be several weeks before we know if the state's constitution will actually be amended.

Mary's Law was approved by a wide margin, with more than 60 percent of Kentucky voters saying "yes" to the question if they want more rights for victims of crimes.

The amendment question was placed on the ballot after lawmakers approved it during this year's general assembly session.

The issue will not become law just yet, however, because of a lawsuit. The Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers said the question was too vague and that people would not understand what they were voting on.

A Franklin Circuit Judge agreed and ruled the question was not worded sufficiently to inform voters, blocking certification of the votes.

The issue is currently under appeal by Marsy's Law for Kentucky.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes had this to say, "It is still going to be up to a court, whether those results are actually certified by the state board of elections. They are considering whether the question...posed to voters was constitutional."

Those who disagree with the amendment say it could lead to unintended consequences.

The Kentucky Supreme Court has until Nov. 24 to respond to the appeal.

Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Oklahoma also voted on Marsy's Law and approved the measure.

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