The good, the bad, and the ugly: Arizona's courts and the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights

Author(s)Harrison, Gessner
Title The good, the bad, and the ugly: Arizona's courts and the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights
Source 34 Ariz. St. L.J. 531 (2002) pp. 531 to 570
Date 2002
Document type Journal article
Coverage Arizona, USA
URL http://www.voiceforvictims.org/VRA-final-article-by-Gessner.pdf
Summary This article examines the rights for crime victims under the Arizona's Victims Bill of Rights (VBR). The name of the article stems from the concept of the 'good', where Arizona's upper-level courts have permitted the VBR to achieve for crime victims what it was intended to; the 'bad' where Arizona's upper-level courts have been slow or reluctant to realise the full extent of the rights secured by the VBR; and the 'ugly' in which the author contends that Arizona's highest court relied upon a dubious interpretation of its own power as a basis for refusing to apply the VBR in the manner it was intended.
Keywords Victims rights; bill of rights; participation; criminal justice process
Topic Victims rights