Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin Praises Department of Justice Appeal of Circuit Court Decision
Crime victims constitutional amendment remains in effect protecting victims’ rights during appeal
MADISON – Yesterday, the Wisconsin Department of Justice filed a notice of appeal of the recent decision from Dane County Circuit Court Judge Frank D. Remington in the legal challenge against the crime victims' constitutional amendment, commonly known as Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin.
Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin issued the following statement praising the appeal:
“We are grateful that the Wisconsin Department of Justice has appealed the recent decision to subvert the democratic process and nullify April’s overwhelming vote in favor of Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin.
“We are confident in this appeal, and grateful Marsy’s Law remains in effect during this process, continuing to ensure that Wisconsin crime victims have a stronger voice in the criminal justice process.
“We believe Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin will ultimately be upheld, this attack on victims’ rights will be defeated, the will of the voters of Wisconsin will prevail, and equal rights for crime victims will remain a reality here in Wisconsin.”
About Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin
Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin is a grassroots coalition that championed a unique proposal to give victims of crime equal rights in our state, building on Wisconsin’s laws and history of leading on this issue. The crime victims’ rights state constitutional amendment, also known as Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin, was ratified during the April 7, 2020 election with an overwhelming 75 percent of voters in support. Marsy’s Law is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas of California who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only one week after her death, Marsy’s mother and brother, Henry T. Nicholas, walked into a grocery store where they were confronted by the accused murderer. The family, who had just come from a visit to Marsy’s grave, was unaware that the accused had been released on bail. In an effort to honor his sister, Dr. Nicholas has made it his life’s mission to give victims and their families constitutional protections and equal rights.
Victims and supporters interested in sharing their stories can email Wisconsin@marsyslaw.us.