Victims Rights and Vengeance

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Victims Rights and Vengeance

CJA/324
November 19, 2013
David Burris

Victims Rights and Vengeance
What is your personal stance on the current state of victims’ rights in America?

In the United States attorney's battle every day for victims and to secure their rights. In today's society laws are being implemented every day to ensure that we help victims of crimes. The court system tries to look out for individuals that have been victimized. There are many individuals that advocate for victims rights, which state that the criminal justice systems interplays between the state and the defendant. The victims existence in the court is downplayed and the focus is mostly on the defendant and the outcome of the case.

Do you believe that the 2004 Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CRVA) has been successful?

This act has been amended many times because it has been jeopardized. The 2004

Crime Victims Right Act was added to the law books to provide victims sense of being taken

care off. It ensure that victims that they would have a voice against the defendant that victimized

them. In the system the victim has the rights under law to be protected from the accused

defendant. This right sometimes is violated and it makes the individuals feel that they are not

being treated fairly. There are many states in the United States that have passed laws and have

created constitutional amendments to ensure the protection of the victims rights. Victims try to

assert their rights in courts and have been turn down and not allowed to enhance their rights.

Is there ever a circumstance in which you feel vengeance is appropriate, even when it
means breaking a law?

Vengeance can be done in many ways and sometimes breaking the law is necessary.

Martin Luther King stated “ The only way to get a law to change is to break that law in mass”.

When doing so, this becomes the quickest and most efficient method to use to...
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