Does SB 1437’s Retroactivity Violate Marsy’s Law?

Among the various arguments made by prosecutors to oppose resentencing under Senate Bill 1437 is that the amendments to the felony murder rule and abolishing accomplice liability for murder under the natural and probable consequences theory violate Marsy’s Law, which also known as the Victims’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008, which amended the California Constitution to give crime victims certain rights. Thus, the new legislation under SB 1437 violated the separation of powers doctrine and was unconstitutional. To read how an appellate court ruled on this argument, please click on the following link –

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