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Sen. Jeff Sessions is a good pick for crime victims


My friend Steve Twist and I published an op-ed today, explaining why Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will be a great attorney general for crime victims—a group that has been too often overlooked in recent years. Here are the opening lines:

As two crime victims' rights advocates and law professors, we welcome the announcement that President-elect Trump will nominate Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general of the United States. Senator Sessions has a long and robust record of fighting for justice, and more specifically for enforceable victims' rights. If confirmed by the Senate, he will undoubtedly be a powerful voice for crime victims as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States.

You can read the whole piece here. Along with the recent passage of Marsy's Law in several states, which I blogged about previously, the Sessions nomination promises to make this an exciting time for crime victims' rights advocates. If Sessions is confirmed, I would expect to see more discussions about the Victims' Rights Amendment, the proposed federal constitutional amendment to protect victims of crime.