Citing Vague Ballot Wording, Kentucky Supreme Court Strikes Crime Victims Amendment

Governing: The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a voter-approved constitutional amendment known as "Marsy's Law" that would have established roughly a dozen rights for crime victims in state courts.

The high court unanimously ruled that the actual language of the 556-word amendment -- although dense and complex -- should have been presented to voters on the statewide ballot last November, rather than a brief question asking voters if they agreed crime victims should be treated with "dignity and respect."

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