Will this weaken the rights of the accused?

No. The rights proposed in Marsy’s Law for Iowa do not impede on defendants’ rights. Those accused of a crime by the state continue to have every constitutional right they have always enjoyed, as they should. They are innocent until proven guilty.

Marsy’s Law for Iowa simply elevates basic victims’ rights to Iowa’s Constitution right alongside defendants’ rights. Defendants continue to have the same rights they have today – including the right to access fair trials and due process.