"Marsy's Law: the Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008" Broadens role of victims and victims' families in parole hearings and restricts frequency of hearing.
Los Angeles Times editorial, Sept. 26, 2008: No on Proposition 9
"The American legal system intentionally and properly distances families from prosecutions; the goal is evenhanded justice. The level of punishment a criminal receives should not depend on how persistent a particular family is in pleading for punishment or blocking parole. Civilized justice rejects vendetta and instead places retribution in the hands of the entire society. It may seem depersonalizing, but that's a goal, not a defect, of our system."