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Letter to the Editor: Sheriff Korzenborn urges legislature to pass Marsy’s Law for victims rights

As Kenton County Sheriff, protecting and serving victims is a responsibility I take seriously. The way Kentucky’s constitution stands today, many victims unfortunately find their journey to justice and healing met with obstacles, confusion and abandonment.

I believe our victims should have constitutional rights, which is why I support Marsy’s Law and why I want to personally thank the strong leaders in Northern Kentucky who are championing Marsy’s Law.

State Senator Chris McDaniel, State Representatives Fischer, Keene, Koenig, Moser, Santoro, St. Onge, Wuchner and Reagan E. Smith from the Women’s Crisis Center carry our voices to Frankfort in the fight for crime victims’ equal rights.

Marsy’s Law will give victims commonsense rights, like the right to have a voice in the judicial process and the right to notice of court proceedings. The accused is afforded many rights from the moment of their arrest, but the victims is left with none. Kentuckians want to change this.

Nearly 2,500 Northern Kentucky residents have signed a Marsy’s Law petition for support. They are part of the 35,000 signers across the Commonwealth who want Marsy’s Law passed.

I encourage lawmakers in Frankfort to listen to them.

You likely saw that our neighbors in Ohio just passed Marsy’s Law with overwhelming support. Kentucky is one of only 14 states that do not offer constitutional protections to victims. We can do better. I urge legislators to pass Marsy’s Law and urge Kentuckians to stand with Marsy’s Law.

Kenton County Sheriff Charles L. Korzenborn

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