A federal constitutional amendment designed to ensure rights in criminal proceedings for victims of violent crime is a "bad idea whose time, unfortunately, may have come," editorializes the Washington Post. Earlier versions had stalled, but a the measure may now pass with both houses of Congress controlled by Republicans. "Unless senators are willing to stand on principle, this could be the year a dangerous amendment gets sent to the states for ratification," the Post says. The amendment would guarantee victims "reasonable and timely notice" of proceedings in their cases and the right to be present and "reasonably to be . . .
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