Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2181050
 
 

Footnotes (244)



 


 



The Victims' Rights Amendment: A Sympathetic, Clause-by-Clause Analysis


Paul G. Cassell


University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

November 26, 2012


Abstract:     
My goal in this article is to provide a clause-by-clause analysis of the current version of the Victims’ Rights Amendment, explaining how it would operate in practice. In doing so, it is possible to draw upon an ever-expanding body of case law from the federal and state courts interpreting state victims’ enactments. The fact that these enactments have been put in place without significant interpretational issues in the criminal justice systems to which they apply suggests that a federal amendment could likewise be smoothly implemented.

Part II of this article briefly reviews the path leading up to the current version of the Victims’ Rights Amendment. Part III then reviews the version clause-by-clause, explaining how the provisions would operate in light of interpretations of similar language in the federal and state provisions. Part IV draws some brief conclusions about the project of enacting a federal constitutional amendment protecting crime victims’ rights.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

working papers series


Download This Paper

Date posted: November 26, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Cassell, Paul G., The Victims' Rights Amendment: A Sympathetic, Clause-by-Clause Analysis (November 26, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2181050 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2181050

Contact Information

Paul G. Cassell (Contact Author)
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )
332 S. 1400 East Front
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States
801-585-5202 (Phone)
801-581-6897 (Fax)

Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 670
Downloads: 81
Download Rank: 179,874
Footnotes:  244

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo1 in 0.281 seconds