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Measure 40
Certified Ballot Title
November 5, 1996 General Election

AMENDS CONSTITUTION: GIVES CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS,

EXPANDS ADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE, LIMITS PRETRIAL RELEASE

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: Vote "yes" to add crime victims' rights to constitution, expand evidence admissible in criminal trials.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: Vote "no" to leave state constitution without specific protections for victims, retain current evidence standards.

SUMMARY: Adds new section to state constitution. Affects adult, juvenile criminal proceedings involving victims. Prohibits pretrial release for certain defendants unless judge finds defendant will not commit new crimes if released. Victims may attend, be heard at proceedings, demand jury trials of adults, get information about defendant. Allows murder, aggravated murder, conviction on 11-1 vote. Most relevant evidence admissible against defendant, except as required by federal constitution. State courts may not independently interpret some state constitutional rights to give defendants more rights than given by federal constitution.

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