Attorney general drafting legal guidance for Marsy's Law

Marsy's Law
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley plans to issue legal guidance soon on a new victims' rights constitutional amendment that has caused law enforcement agencies to limit information provided to the public about crimes.

Confusion has swirled since voters approved the amendment. It establishes rights for victims, including privacy, protection from harassment or abuse, and timely notice of trial, sentencing and post-judgment proceedings.

But the amendment has caused law enforcement agencies including Sioux Falls police to stop providing information such as the exact locations of crimes or the names of victimized businesses.

Jackley told a task force working on interpreting the amendment that he wants to issue an attorney general opinion by Tuesday.

Those opinions offer guidance on legal issues until the Legislature changes the law or a court rules on them.

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12/5/2016 4:50:42 PM (GMT -7:00)