Kentucky votes in favor of Marsy's Law, but court decision could upend amendment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky voters have decided to add ‘Marsy’s Law’ to the state constitution, but the amendment’s future in the legislature is still uncertain.

The proposed amendment to the Kentucky constitution intends to give more rights to the state’s crime victims - things like giving victims notice of all court dates or notification when an offender is released or escapes from prison.

63 percent of the commonwealth's voters voted in favor of the amendment on Election Day.

Earlier this year the state legislature agreed to let voters decide whether to make the addition, but a group of criminal defense attorneys sued to stop the vote. After hearing oral arguments weeks ago, Franklin Circuit Judge ruled the question on Tuesday’s ballot wasn’t worded sufficiently to inform people of what they're voting on.

As a result, the judge ordered officials not to certify the results of today’s election until after appellate courts have ruled. The court has until Nov. 24 to make their decision, leaving those on both sides of the argument waiting in anticipation.

The ballots have been cast in favor of the amendment, but still, no one is sure if their vote will count.

"It is a waiting game, and we're just hoping for the best," said Marsy's Law advocate Alex Otte. "This shows a shift in Kentucky that citizens are in support of crime victims, and that in itself is huge."

Otte began supporting the amendment after her own experiences in the court system as a teenage victim after being hit by a drunken boater while she sat on a jet ski.



 
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