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Monday, June 5, 2006

Crim Prof Doug Beloof Speaks Out About the Illusion of Criminal Victim Rights

Beloof Under Oregon's victims' rights laws, crime victims are allowed to attended to attend court appearances and speak -- but not legally challenge sentences.

"What you have is what I would call illusory rights," said Doug Beloof, a Lewis and Clark Law School professor and national expert on victims' rights. "For every right, there must be a remedy. In Oregon, these rights have not yet come into conformity with the traditional American civil rights model because there is no enforcement in the appellate courts."

Beloof said victims should be able to go to court if they believe their rights are violated. That would bring Oregon in line with several other states and a federal law that went into effect last year.

More. . . [Mark Godsey]

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