S.J.Res.6 - A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to protect the rights of crime victims.105th Congress (1997-1998)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Kyl, Jon [R-AZ] (Introduced 01/21/1997)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||09/28/1998 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S11010-11013) (All Actions)|
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Introduced in Senate (01/21/1997)
[Congressional Bills 105th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S.J. Res. 6 Introduced in Senate (IS)] 105th CONGRESS 1st Session S. J. RES. 6 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to protect the rights of crime victims. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES January 21, 1997 Mr. Kyl (for himself and Mrs. Feinstein) introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to protect the rights of crime victims. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid for all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission by the Congress: ``Article-- ``Section 1. Each victim of a crime of violence, and other crimes that Congress may define by law, shall have the rights to notice of, and not to be excluded from, all public proceedings relating to the crime: ``To be heard, if present, and to submit a written statement at a public pretrial or trial proceeding to determine a release from custody, an acceptance of a negotiated plea, or a sentence; ``To the rights described in the preceding portions of this section at a public parole proceeding, or at a non-public parole proceeding to the extent they are afforded to the convicted offender; ``To notice of a release pursuant to a public or parole proceeding or an escape; ``To a final disposition of the proceedings relating to the crime free from unreasonable delay; ``To an order of restitution from the convicted offender; ``To consideration for the safety of the victim in determining any release from custody; and ``To notice of the rights established by this article; however, the rights to notice under this section are not violated if the proper authorities make a reasonable effort, but are unable to provide the notice, or if the failure of the victim to make a reasonable effort to make those authorities aware of the victim's whereabouts prevents that notice. ``Section 2. The victim shall have standing to assert the rights established by this article. However, nothing in this article shall provide grounds for the victim to challenge a charging decision or a conviction; to obtain a stay of trial; or to compel a new trial. Nothing in this article shall give rise to a claim for damages against the United States, a State, a political subdivision, or a public official, nor provide grounds for the accused or convicted offender to obtain any form of relief. ``Section 3. The Congress and the States shall have the power to enforce this article within their respective jurisdictions by appropriate legislation, including the power to enact exceptions when required for compelling reasons of public safety or for judicial efficiency in mass victim cases. ``Section 4. The rights established by this article shall apply to all proceedings that begin on or after the 180th day after the ratification of this article. ``Section 5. The rights established by this article shall apply in all Federal and State proceedings, including military proceedings to the extent that Congress may provide by law, juvenile justice proceedings, and collateral proceedings such as habeas corpus, and including proceedings in any district or territory of the United States not within a State.''. <all>