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People pushing for more victims' rights in Illinois gather in Belleville

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(KMOV.com) – People pushing for an amendment to strengthen and clarify rights of victims enshrined in the Illinois Constitution gathered at the St. Clair County Courthouse Wednesday.

The group is looking to pass Marsy’s Law, which would give victims the ability to share their story in court and appeal to a judge if those rights are violated. The amendment would enforce a victim’s right to be notified before court proceedings and before the person charged in their case is released from custody. Currently, if those rights are violated, Illinois is the only state with a constitution that doesn’t allow for an appeal.

Tanya Brown said the amendment would help as her family awaits sentencing for someone charged in the kidnapping and murder of her grandmother.

“You can’t change anything about what happened, but the things you can change, the right to be able to change certain things, the right to know certain things. It does balance out,” Brown said.

Voters will decide on the fate of Marsy’s Law at ballot box November 4.

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