Toepel Co-sponsors Legislation Supporting Victims’ Rights
10/7/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) co-sponsored legislation that would advocate for crime victims by preventing them from being revictimized.

As a result of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal’s decision to provide Goddard College’s graduates with words of wisdom in the form of a commencement speech, Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) wrote legislation to prevent offenders from repeatedly traumatizing their victims.

“The legislation would end the self-promotion that Abu-Jamal so tastelessly demonstrated earlier this week,” said Toepel. “The victim would be able to seek civil action and ask a judge to review the exaggeration of the offender’s First Amendment rights. If the offender’s conduct emotionally distresses the victim, the district attorney or attorney general may bring action on behalf of the victim.”

Vereb wrote the legislation not to remove offenders’ rights, but to provide victims with equal rights.

“The time has come that we open the eyes of Pennsylvania, and frankly this country, and show that we care just as much—if not more—for the rights of our victims,” said Vereb. “We need to come to a belief that it is now time that the voice of the victims be louder than the cowards who sit behind concrete and steel.”

Members of the House and Senate anticipate the bill being passed to the governor for his signature prior to the close of the session year on Nov. 30.

“A convicted murderer continues to harass everyone connected to his victim, purely for entertainment value and his own gain. All victims deserve an opportunity to heal from the trauma that they have experienced, and this legislation will provide that opportunity,” said Toepel. “With it, they need not be victimized again.”

Representative Marcy Toepel
147th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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