Constitutional Implications of Crime Victims as Participants

By Douglas E. Beloof / Cornell Law Review, on 1 January 2003

Part I of this Article examines the evolution of victims from interested parties to participants giving sentencing recommendations. Part II examines the constitutionality of victim sentencing participation laws and explains why crime victims’ sentencing recommendations in capital cases are constitutional. In Part III, this Article shows how existing judicial procedures provide adequate constitutional safeguards. Finally, Part IV demonstrates how victims of capital homicide are harmed when the law denies them the ability to recommend sentences

  • Document type Article
  • Countries list United States
  • Themes list Murder Victims' Families,