Victims Rights

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 13, 2018

Apr 13, 2018

We look at the impact Paul Ryan's retirement may have, if any, on congressional races in New Hampshire. Former Democratic State Senator Molly Kelly decides to run for governor.  Debates over voting laws and victims' rights draw crowds at the statehouse.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

A proposal to enshrine victims' rights in the New Hampshire Constitution has notable backers, including Gov. Chris Sununu, but some say it's too broad and vague.

Buzz Scherr, chairman of International Criminal Law and Justice Programs at UNH School of Law, is in this camp.

He also contends supporters are distorting the rights currently provided by state law.


Marsy's Law is a nationwide effort to bolster the rights of crime victims.  Now there is a bill in the New Hampshire legislature to put these rights into the constitution.  It  has bipartisan support, and the Governor's endorsement, but there are concerns about possible unintended consequences, and some hesitation over constitutional change.

This program will air on Thursday,  January 8 at 9 a.m., and will be rebroadcast again at 7 p.m. Audio of the discussion will be available after the show. 

Bipartisan N.H. Support Shown for Proposed 'Marsy's Law'

Jan 16, 2018

An outpouring of bipartisan support was shown at the State House on Tuesday for a bill to strengthen victims’ rights.