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Mahaska County Attorney Andrew Ritland Supports Marsy's Law

The Iowa judicial system is revictimizing individuals. Constitutional rights for crime victims would guarantee that no future judge could strip anyone of their rights.


Retired Mahaska Co. Sheriff's Deputy Don DeKock Supports Marsy's Law

Too often, crime victims in Iowa fall through the cracks. They aren’t notified of what’s going on in the judicial process and are left without a voice.


A Burden No Parent Should Bear

As a parent, it sometimes feels like the worry is endless, especially when you send a child off to college for the first time. That’s how I felt when I sent my son Treye off to Cedar Falls when he was 18. Treye was always a good kid, but like any parent, I still worried about alcohol, his studies, and how he would adjust to college. Never in a million years did I think I would need to worry about my son being murdered. But that’s what any person thinks before they’re a victim of a crime - that stuff would never happen to me or my family. 


In 2006, Treye was at a party in Cedar Falls when a fight broke out. Treye was not involved in the fight, but when coming to the aid of someone he barely knew, he was tragically stabbed in the heart. 


Burying a child is a burden no parent should ever have to bear. Navigating a court system that is built to favor the person who murdered your child is nearly as difficult. In our situation, the breakdown came with notification. In two cases, I was not notified of hearings in Treye’s case. In fact, one of them I became aware about from a friend who texted me. 


A crime victims’ rights amendment would bring balance back to the judicial system as far as victims are concerned. We should have as many rights as the perpetrators of crime. These would be very reasonable things like the right to be notified of hearings, the right to be heard in all proceedings and the right to reasonable protection from the accused, among others. 


Families and victims who are suffering the loss of a loved one should not feel revictimized by Iowa’s court system, yet that’s what is happening. People who are committing crimes already have their rights enshrined in our state constitution. It's long past time for those who become victims of crime and their families to have reasonable rights as well. 


Dustin Blythe

Clive, Iowa

Wapello County Attorney Reuben Neff Supports Marsy's Law for Iowa

Reuben Neff ran for county attorney because he saw victims who were not being kept informed.


The Worst Day of My Life - Vanessa McNeal

“The worst day of my life wasn’t the day I was sexually assaulted, it was the day I had to be deposed.”


“His rights matter more than yours.” - Leigh And Audrey

Leigh and Audrey weren’t informed that the man who raped and tried to murder them was out of prison. They were told that “his rights matter more than yours.”