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Pennsylvania's unconstitutional gesture to victims' rights
Pennsylvania's unconstitutional gesture to victims' rights

It's an occupational hazard for politicians: succumbing to the temptation to do something, anything, to get on the popular side of a public controversy, even if that means enacting an unconstitutional law. The latest example — one that we hope other states don't rush to replicate — is a Pennsylvania law allowing victims of any "personal injury crime" to sue convicted criminals for conduct that "perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime." The so-called Revictimization Relief Act is a response to outrage in Pennsylvania over a prerecorded speech delivered to graduates of Goddard College in Vermont by Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is in prison for the...

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