LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) -Despite a ruling against the wording of the question on the ballot, Marsy’s Law is continuing to campaign in the state.
The group released an ad by actor Kelsey Grammer.
Grammer is best-known for his starring role in the hit television sitcom, Frasier. His father, Frank, was shot and killed outside their home. His sister Karen was brutally raped and murdered six years later.
“In my sister’s case, I have been given a voice in the parole hearings of her killers. But that’s not always true in Kentucky,” Grammer says in the ad. “Marsy’s Law for Kentucky gives crime victims equal rights and a voice in the process. Please vote YES on Marsy’s Law.”
The Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers sued, saying the question was misleading.
A judge in Kentucky has ordered officials not to certify the results of an election next month on whether to add protections for crime victims to the state’s constitution, saying the question posed to voters on the ballot is misleading.
It’s too late to remove the question from the ballot. The judge’s decision could be overturned in the courts.
A version of Marsy’s Law has been put into the constitutions of at least 15 states. This year, Kentucky and Florida are two of six states — including Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Oklahoma — voting on a version of Marsy’s Law. Marsy’s Law for Kentucky, a nonprofit group advocating for the change, has spent more than $4.5 million on a statewide advertising campaign.