MEASURE 75


ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

Follow The Money

    As a long-time journalist and former Statehouse reporter in Salem, I've learned to ask two questions whenever the government wants some new program or power: "How much will it cost?" and "What aren't they telling us?"

    In the case of Measures 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 75, the answers are "A lot" and "A lot."

    The first clue that we better hold onto our wallets is the cost estimate. By law, a committee of bureaucrats must determine the "fiscal impact" of ballot measures so voters know how much they'll cost. State officials tried to estimate the costs of Measures 69-75, but they couldn't figure it out. "There are costs, but they are indeterminate," a state official testified.

    But rather than putting "indeterminate" in the Voters' Pamphlet, the bureaucrats voted to use these misleading words instead: "No fiscal impact."

    Since when does "indeterminate" mean "no cost?" In my experience with government, "indeterminate" means "millions."

    What else aren't they telling us? A lot.

    Take Measure 75 as an example. What this misleading Ballot Title doesn't tell you is that felons are already excluded from serving on criminal juries in Oregon. The only thing new about Measure 75 is that is excludes people from juries who have been convicted of "certain" misdemeanors involving dishonesty or violence. "Certain" hasn't been defined, but could involve things like fishing without a license or missing a date in traffic court. They also aren't telling us that they don't have a system for tracking misdemeanor convictions from all the different counties.

    A system of background checks for all prospective jurors will cost millions.

    To get around this problem, state officials are recommending a self-reporting system. They want to ask jurors, "Have you been convicted of a misdemeanor involving dishonesty. Please tell the truth this time."

    I wonder if misleading voters in the Voters' Pamphlet would bar state officials from jury duty.

    "No fiscal impact?" Yeah, right.

(This information furnished by David Smigelski, Crime Victims for Justice.)

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

    The seven initiatives, Measures 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 75, seem to be designed to more closely involve the victims of crime in punishing the perpetrator with the objective of satisfying the victims' desire for justice ­ defined as revenge.

    This does nothing to right the wrong ­ rehabilitate the wrongdoer ­ or insure that the wrongdoer provides the victim with adequate restitution.

    These measures would erode our protections under Oregon's Bill of Rights, granting additional power to prosecutors already more interested in obtaining conviction than in promoting justice.

    Simply using the power of the criminal justice system to send perpetrators to prison for a postgraduate course in wrongdoing, and then releasing them into society, does nothing to promote public safety.

    When our daughter died in a crash caused by a drunken young woman, our family and our daughter's husband chose to work directly with this young woman to help her become truly conscious of the devastation her behavior had caused, and to motivate her to change her life and avoid killing someone else.

    Please vote No on Measures 69-75.

    Peter Serrell

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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 75 Text

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