MEASURE 69


ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

VOTE YES ON MEASURE 69

TO RE-AFFIRM THE WILL OF THE VOTERS

This referral from the Legislature reflects part of Measure 40, passed by a large margin in November 1996. The Oregon Supreme Court later ruled that Measure 40 could not be enacted as a single amendment to the Oregon Constitution. The court said that each amendment must be voted on separately. Therefore, the Legislature has split the original Measure 40 into seven separate amendments to the Oregon Constitution and referred these amendments to the voters. This measure reflects one part of the original Measure 40.

This measure preserves and protects the right of crime victims to justice, ensures crime victims a meaningful role in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, accords crime victims due dignity and respect, and ensures that criminal and juvenile court delinquency proceedings are conducted to seek the truth as to the defendant's innocence or guilt. It ensures that a fair balance is struck between the rights of crime victims and the rights of criminal defendants.

While the rights of crime victims have been placed in some statutes, those rights are not as strong as the ones in this measure. Also, when a crime victim's statutory rights are weighed against a criminal defendant's constitutional rights, the constitutional rights will prevail. This is why it is important to make sure that the crime victim's rights are also in the Constitution.

Referral of this measure to the voters was sought by the three largest, longest established victims' organizations in Oregon (Parents of Murdered Children; Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Crime Victims United) and by Oregon law enforcement organizations (Association Chiefs of Police; District Attorneys Association; State Sheriffs Association; State Police; Federation of Parole and Probation Officers).

Please vote yes on Measure 69.

Kevin L. Mannix
State Representative

(This information furnished by Kevin L. Mannix, Justice For All.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

In 1996, Oregonians overwhelmingly voted to give crime victims at least as many rights as criminals. But the politicians on the Oregon Supreme Court came up with a never-before used technicality to throw out the voters' wishes.

Measures 69 through 75 are virtually the same Crime Victims Bill of Rights.

Measure 69 gives crime victims the following constitutional rights:

-The right to be present.
-The right to receive restitution from the criminal.
-The right to find out if the criminal was convicted and what sentence was imposed.
-The right to find out if and when the criminal is going to be released.
-The right to refuse an interview by the criminal or the criminal's attorney.
-The right to a transcript of the proceedings.
-The right to be consulted about plea negotiations for violent felonies.
While these rights may seem self evident, each year thousands of crime victims are shocked to learn that the focus of the Oregon criminal justice system is on the criminal-not justice!

Since its creation in 1982, Crime Victims United has worked to return balance to the Oregon criminal justice system.

PLEASE VOTE YES ON MEASURES 69 THROUGH 75!

SHOULDN'T THE CRIME VICTIM HAVE AT LEAST AS MANY RIGHTS AS THE CRIMINAL?

(This information furnished by Steve Doell, Crime Victims United.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

In the last 4 or 5 decades law-abiding citizens of Oregon have lost many protections they formerly took for granted. As courts and criminal defense oriented politicians continued to expand rights, privileges and advantages for criminal defendants, law-abiding citizens found they had little chance of receiving just treatment when they fell victim to a crime.

In response, crime victims and other concerned citizens sponsored a Constitutional Crime Victims Amendment known as Ballot Measure 40 in 1996, which passed, by a large majority of the vote. We were Chief Petitioners on Measure 40.

In the 18 years we've been Crime Victims advocates we have become familiar with hundreds of cases. This knowledge let us contemplate how Measure 40 would have impacted these cases had it been in effect at the time the crime was committed. We felt great pride in our contribution towards Measure 40's passage. This pride was short lived. In 1998 Oregon's Supreme Court overturned Measure 40 in its entirety using newly interpreted technical grounds.

Once again Oregonians were denied treatment that would be afforded them in other states.

The opponents of Crime Victims Rights, The Defense Bar, The ACLU and like minded people have made many unfounded, unprincipled claims in the past in an obvious attempt to manipulate the voters. They would have you believe crime victims should have no concern in the case or it's outcome. They have used the naive, the parents of offenders and even an occasional confused and conflicted victim to further their apparent goal of demanding that offenders receive technical perfection.

Measure 69 is the first of 7 measures including 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, & 75 containing most of Ballot Measure 40 already passed by the voters in Oregon in 1996. We urge its passage.

Bob & Dee Dee Kouns
Founders of Crime Victims United;
Chief Petitioners of Ballot Measure 40
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Arguments In Opposition

Measure 69 Text

November 2, 1999 Special Election Voters' Pamphlet Table of Contents