MEASURE 69


ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

We Are Survivors of Crime who object to being used
in this blatant attempt to gut the Oregon Bill of Rights.

We urge you to VOTE NO ON MEASURES 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 75.

    Here's why we oppose these measures.

    1. If the Oregon Legislature really wanted to help victims of crime, these measures would force criminals to pay restitution to victims. Even Measure 69 -- the so-called "victim's rights" measure ­ does nothing to address the current inequities in the restitution system.

    2. Many of these measures allow the state to assume the role of victim or choose the victim that most closely represent its views. The wishes of the real victim are often ignored in criminal proceedings today... and Measure 69 would make it worse.

    3. These measures give far too much power to the state to arrest and convict innocent people. As crime victims, we know the basic tenet of our judicial system is fair and impartial trials, where the accused are innocent until proven guilty. Power in the courtroom should rest with judges. Defendants and the state should each have a fair chance to present their case. These measures tip the balance of power to the government. That's wrong.

    4. These measures could costs millions of dollars, dollars that could be better used to pay for police officers or to ensure that restitution is paid to victims. Instead, they will be wasted on costly and ineffective measures. This is truly government waste of our tax dollars.

    Please join us in voting No on Measures 69-75.

    Arwen Bird
    Michele Kohle
    Jessie Willis
    Chip Shields
    Jo Anne Bird
    Jill Williams
    Robin Shanafelt
    Sierra Bird
    Scott Talley
    Gail Meyer
    James Marston Morgan

(This information furnished by Arwen Bird, Survivors Advocating For an Effective System.)

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

Crime Victims Oppose Measures 69, 70, 71, 72, 73,
74 and 75.

    I was paralyzed six years ago when my sister and I were hit by a drunk driver. It gave me a new perspective on life... though I could do without the wheelchair.

    As I watch the debate over criminal justice in Oregon, I am angered that victims of crime are being used by politicians to further their own political ambitions.

    Measures 69 through 75 do nothing to help victims of crime. The measures are merely smokescreens to increase the power of politicians and the government.

    I oppose all of these measures and hope that the citizens of Oregon can see through these cynical attempts to use crime victims to turn Oregon into a police state.

    Vengeance may make some people feel better. But it does not reduce crime in our streets. This series of measures has nothing to do with keeping convicted criminals in jail. But they do eliminate significant protections from the Oregon Bill of Rights.

    As a crime victim, I believe it is wrong for the power in our courtrooms to be shifted from the judge to government prosecutors.

    As a crime survivor, I believe our efforts should be geared to catching criminals, forcing them to pay restitution and requiring them to serve sentences in prisons where they are re-trained to join society as taxpayers rather than law breakers.

    Most of all, I believe in the Oregon Bill of Rights. Our Oregon Bill of Rights is designed to protect the innocent from overzealous government prosecutors. Our history is rife with abuses of government power.

    Protect Oregonians from undue government power.

    Protect the rights of the accused.

    Don't be fooled by proponents of these measures who claim to speak for victims of crime.

    Please join me and many other victims of crime in voting No on Measures 69 through 75.

    Thank you.

    Arwen Bird

    Co-founder, Survivors Advocating for An Effective System

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

Benton County Sheriff Stan Robson urges you to vote No
on Measures 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 75.

    As Benton County Sheriff, I know most of these measures can be accomplished without repealing the Oregon Bill of Rights. It is not appropriate to abuse the constitution with issues already covered by current law.

    Measure 69 states no defendant can ever be considered a victim. Even in cases of domestic violence a woman charged for defending herself against an abusive husband could never be considered a victim. It's wrong to place that language in our Bill of Rights.

    Measure 70 could cost local counties millions of dollars, while eliminating the right to choose how to be tried, a basic tenet of Oregon's Bill of Rights.

    Measure 71 would require our county, and many others with overcrowded jails, to release criminals to make room for those awaiting trail. As sheriff, I want to protect my community from the most dangerous offenders, not release them early because of Measure 71.

    Measure 72. Oregon should take every precaution against convicting innocent people of murder. Unanimous verdicts are the best means of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Innocent people could be convicted if Measure 72 passes.

    Measure 73. Our Bill of Rights says a person cannot be forced to testify against himself. As Sheriff, I know we either have a confession or we don't. This basic right must not be repealed.

    Measure 74: In our current system, law enforcement works with prosecutors and judges to determine appropriate sentences, including work release, home detention and community service. This measure will increase overcrowding in our jails. And it will strip us of valuable alternative sanctions that often fit the crime better than jail time.

    Measure 75 could cost taxpayers millions. Our current jury system is fair and balanced. We should leave our Bill of Rights alone.

    Please join me in Voting No on Measures 69-75.

    Sheriff Stan Robson

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

It is a parent's worst nightmare.

    The knock on the door from the police comes in the middle of the night. The officer tells me my child is dead. "He was a passenger...his best friend was driving...the driver had been drinking." I heard it through a fog.

    Having suffered through this horror, we didn't relish the thought of our friend's family being similarly torn. Sending our son's friend to prison wasn't going to bring our son back, but working with our friend in the wake of this tragedy could have been healing for all of us.

    The prosecutor ignored our wishes.

    Measure 69 would lock this sort of prosecutorial callousness into our Constitution. One of the sneaky things that Measure 69 would do is give prosecutors the constitutional power to ignore crime victims like us, because Measure 69 gives prosecutors the right to decide who is a victim and who isn't. On top of that, the Measure says crime victims have no recourse if the government violates the rights that Measure 69 supposedly provides.

    That's the part that really upsets me. Measure 69 is supposed to be for crime victims, but all I see in this measure are provisions to give prosecutors even more power. By law, crime victims already have every right this measure supposedly provides. The only new rights are the ones for the government.

    Please Vote No on Measures 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 75.

    Janette Gail

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

MATCH THE MEASURES
An index to Measures 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 75

Measure that says government gets to decide who is a victim and when............................................... Measure 69

Measure that gives Oregon prosecutors the same powers Kenneth Starr used..................................... Measure 73

Measure that repeals significant sections of the Oregon Bill of Rights......................................................All of them

Measure that could force background checks for all potential jurors.................................................... Measure 75

Measure that says a defendant can never be a victim, even in cases of domestic abuse......................... Measure 69

Measure that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars ............................................................................All of them

Measure that will lead to innocent people being convicted of murder ...................................................Measure 72

Measure that forces a person to testify against himself and then be prosecuted......................................Measure 73

Measure that will cause early release of prisoners from county jails .........................................Measures 71 and 74

Measure that says people are Guilty Until Proven Innocent.................................................................. Measure 71

Measure that slaps voters in the face................................................................................................... Measure 74

Measure that could force rape and incest victims to testify before juries against their will...................... Measure 70

Measure opposed by Crime Victims For Justice....................................................................................All of them

Measure that takes power from judges and gives it to government prosecutors......................... Measure 70 and 71

Measure that assumes every person arrested is guilty.......................................................................... Measure 71

Measure that could keep people caught fishing without a license off of juries........................................ Measure 75

Measure giving the state power to demand jury trials even when victims don't want one....................... Measure 70

Measure that would allow those falsely accused to be held for months before trial ................................Measure 71

Best way to protect Oregon's Bill of Rights ...............................................................Vote No on Measures 69-75

(This information furnished by Martin Gonzalez, Crime Victims for Justice.)

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Arguments In Favor

Measure 69 Text

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