State House passes bills focused on victims’ rights

Mar 8, 2018

Jeffrey Willis
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Lawmakers at the state Capitol want to strengthen crime victims’ rights. Legislation that passed the State House today.

Last December, Jeffrey Willis’ blew a kiss to the courtroom as he exited. He left because he refused to listen to the statements of the family members of the woman he had murdered.

   Now lawmakers want to make it a requirement that defendants hear victim impact statements.

Jessica Josephson is the sister of Willis’ victim.

“Nobody should have to go through and if we can prevent that, so be it.”

   Legislation that aims to help students sexually assaulted by other students also passed. The legislation would prevent someone who is convicted of sexual assault from going to the same school as the victim.