When a family member is a victim of crime, especially homicide – the whole family is affected. Yet, many states and municipalities do not recognize family members as victims, only the spouse, making parents and siblings unqualified for details or information surrounding the incident.
This is a huge omission. Family history and intimate information of the victim can offer clues and assist in the solution of a difficult case.
Lack of consideration for the victim is documented in the many cases that continue until a case is concluded due to a lack of a speedy trial.
If that were only true. The long list of extensions, excuses and manipulations that are available to the offenders – and none to the victim or their families.
Families, that is parents, siblings and extended family have NO rights if there is a surviving spouse who is wicked enough or determined enough to prevent any rights from the family.
It is past time for change in the criminal justice system to recognize the family of the victim, especially in homicide cases (Stacey Peterson, Casey Anderson, Nicole Simpson, Ronald Goldman, Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson, Julian King).
The case of Linda Adanalian is especially interesting. Thecase continued for several years, exhuming her body for a second autopsy and additional testing before an alert specialist discovered the huge amount of the toxic chemical selenium in her tissue sample.
Crime within families seems to be a growing epidemic; murder, abuse, neglect – parent against children and children against parents and siblings.
One case is one too many.
- Victimization and its Effects within the Criminal Justice System (faktensucher.wordpress.com)
- National Crime Victim’s Rights Week: a week of remembrance (justiceforraymond.wordpress.com)
- The public may become complacent if it concludes that crime is under control (kaieteurnewsonline.com)
- The Victim of Crime (prisonuncensored.wordpress.com)
- Navigating the system (justiceforraymond.wordpress.com)