Wisconsin Legislature to approve crime victim rights measure

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Legislature plans to approve a constitutional amendment bolstering crime victim rights.

Once approved as expected Wednesday, the amendment would be put before voters for final approval next year. Constitutional amendments have to pass two consecutive sessions of the Legislature and be approved by voters.

The amendment, known as Marsy's Law, largely duplicates existing victim protections but goes further in several areas.

Victims would have the right to be heard at plea, parole and revocation proceedings, the right to refuse defense attorneys' interview, deposition or discovery requests and the right to attend all proceedings in their cases.

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