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13-HJR040 on Apr 23, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Crime Victims' Rights Amendment
Source: H.J.RES.40
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to protect the rights of crime victims.

Congressional Summary:Prohibits denial or abridgement of the rights of a crime victim to fairness, respect, and dignity. Grants a crime victim the right:

  1. to not be excluded from public proceedings relating to the offense;
  2. to be heard at any release, plea, sentencing, or other such proceeding;
  3. to proceedings free from unreasonable delay;
  4. to reasonable notice of the release or escape of the accused;
  5. to due consideration of the crime victim's safety and privacy; and
  6. to restitution.
Grants the crime victim, or the victim's lawful representative, standing to fully assert and enforce such rights in any court.

Opponent's argument against bill: (Testimony of Prof. Robert P. Mosteller before the House Subcommittee):

The infamous police brutality case of Rodney King in Los Angeles provides an example of the problematic nature of giving special trial rights to victims. But for the videotape shot by a neighbor of the beating administered by the police to King, King was on his way to being charged with assault on police officers. In this prosecution, the true perpetrators would hav

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 9. Question 9: Stricter punishment reduces crime Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Crime
  • Headline: Sponsored Constitutional Amendment defining victims' rights (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Constitutional Amendment defining victims' rights (Score: 2)

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 13-HJR040

Jim Costa s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 23, 2013
Alan Lowenthal s1oCalifornia DemocratJun 3, 2013

Republicans participating in 13-HJR040

Kerry Bentivolio s1oMichigan RepublicanApr 23, 2013
Ken Calvert s1oCalifornia RepublicanApr 26, 2013
Steve Chabot s1oOhio RepublicanApr 23, 2013
Kevin Cramer s1oNorth Dakota RepublicanApr 23, 2013
John Fleming s1oLA Republican Senate candidateApr 23, 2013
Trent Franks s2pArizona RepublicanApr 23, 2013
Paul Gosar s1oArizona RepublicanApr 23, 2013
Walter Beaman Jones s1oNorth Carolina RepublicanApr 23, 2013
Mark Meadows s1oNorth Carolina RepublicanApr 23, 2013
Alan Nunnelee s1oMississippi Republican (deceased 2015)Apr 23, 2013
Ed Royce s1oCalifornia RepublicanApr 23, 2013
Matt Salmon s1oArizona RepublicanApr 23, 2013
David Schweikert s1oArizona RepublicanApr 23, 2013
Kevin Yoder s1oKansas RepublicanApr 23, 2013

Independents participating in 13-HJR040

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 2
Republicans: 14
Independents: 0

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