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Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and his committee colleague Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) applauded the unanimous Senate passage of their Justice for Murder Victims Act. The bipartisan bill would end the 13th-century “year-and-a-day” rule, which prohibits homicide prosecutions if the victim died more than a year-and-a-day after the day they were assaulted.  


“The power of modern medicine has made the year-and-a-day rule totally arbitrary. There’s no sense in keeping it on the books any longer. I’m grateful the Senate has passed this legislation to ensure justice is served, violent criminals are held accountable and victims’ loved ones get the closure they deserve,” Grassley said


“Murderers and violent criminals must be held accountable. The Senate passed our bipartisan legislation to help secure justice for homicide victims and their families,” Ossoff said.  


The Justice for Murder Victims Act has garnered support from the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Iowa County Attorneys Association, the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, Murder Accountability Project, the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, the National District Attorneys Association, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children. 


Bill is available HERE.

Author: Press Release


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