By Collene Campbell
Hi, I’m back home from Washington D.C. and thought you just might like to see one of the many articles regarding our extremely difficult effort to help save lives by balancing our U.S. Justice system. Sadly, the accused criminals have 23 rights in our U.S. Constitution and their victims have not a single right. Yes, that means the killers of our only son, Scott and the killers of my only sibling, (the best man at our wedding 61 years ago) auto racing legend, Mickey Thompson and his wonderful wife Trudy. Had not a single right in that great document (American’s U.S. Constitution), while the killers had 23 rights. Obviously, that is why it took so long to get to and through the trials. It is not only devastating for the families, it is also a huge tax burden and very bad for the safety of all citizens.
Gary and I are getting very old (or at least I am) and before we check out, we badly want to leave it a safer country for future generations. Our three murdered family members should and would be alive if the justice system worked as intended. The murderers of our family should have all been in prison prior to killing our family and that is pretty much what happens in all homicide cases. Our forefathers did not intend for evil people to have rights and the hard working good Americans to have NO rights. However, when the U.S. Constitution was written the victims or their families were in the courts defending themselves. It was a much different time.
Please call, write, or email your U.S. Representative (Your Congressman) asking them to sign on to House Joint Resolution 40 (H.J. Res 40), the Victims’ Rights U.S. Constitution Amendment.
If you don’t know who your Congressman is, please look it up or call your city hall. Please know, we certainly never thought our law abiding family could be devastated by murder however, it can happen to ANYONE.
Please let us know if and when you take the few minutes to notify your Representative asking them to sign on H.J. Res. 40.
This is a huge undertaking and our justice system needs to be brought up to date, which will require two-thirds of the House and the U.S. Senate and then ratification of three-fourths of all the States.