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Jason Arrington: National crime victims’ rights week calls us to reflect on victims’ challenges

Recent developments in the alleged sexual abuse case of a retired Roman Catholic priest in Boise are provoking a wide range of reactions – from shock and disgust to compassion for the victims. For us at Marsy’s Law for Idaho, our interest is ensuring that Idaho’s legal system can provide justice for the victims whose accusations date back decades, and for the children whose lives are forever altered by the pornographic images and videos prosecutors say were in the priest’s possession.

Legislative battle taking shape again over how best to protect Idaho crime victims’ rights

Tissue in hand, the young crime victim recounted her experience with Idaho’s criminal justice system after being raped by an 18-year-old at the age of 14. “I was often overlooked in the court proceedings,” she said, “at times not even made aware of certain hearings. … I was often forced to find different accommodations, such as traveling over...

Senate panel advances crime victims rights measure after emotional 2-hour hearing

Lawmakers on Friday approved advancing a proposed amendment to Idaho's constitution that would give crime victims and their families the same rights as those charged with the crime. The proposal struck an emotional chord among legislative leaders on the Senate State Affairs Committee who sent it to the Senate floor after a teary two-hour...

Victims, families share their heartaches, healing

Sitting in a courtroom Thursday listening to a man plead guilty for his role in her son’s murder, Tracey Cochran felt voiceless, and desperate. “It’s so hard to sit there and listen to this kid talk about handing over the knife that killed my son,” Cochran said. “I couldn’t handle it. I got up and left.”