Hughes bill requiring offenders to hear victim impact statements scheduled for committee

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News 02Feb Hughes’ bill requiring offenders to hear victim impact statements scheduled for committee hearing Rep. Holly Hughes today announced the House Law and Justice Committee will have a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 6 on her legislation requiring anyone convicted of a crime to hear the impact statements by victims or their families.The bill is inspired by a Muskegon County murder trial where the convicted offender, Jeffrey Willis, requested to leave his Dec. 18 sentencing hearing before the victim’s family made their statements.“This bill is my top priority this year, so I’m moving forward rapidly with the committee chairman, who has agreed to take it up quickly, “ said Hughes, “Rebekah Bletsch’s family deserved to be heard on Dec. 18, so I appreciate my House colleagues will hear from this family on Tuesday.”The hearing will take place at 9 a.m. in House Office Building, Room 327, 124 North Capitol Ave., in Lansing.“In recent weeks, we’ve seen the importance of victims and their families speaking in court,” said Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the Law and Justice Committee. “As a former prosecutor, supporting victims is a priority. I look forward to hearing from the Bletsch family on Tuesday and working to make certain the victims are heard.”###last_img read more