Lander County Sheriff Stands Up for Crime Victims

Lander County Sheriff Stands Up for Crime Victims

March 2018 ***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Lander County Sheriff Ron Unger has joined colleagues from across Nevada in support of Marsy’s Law for Nevada/Question 1 on the November ballot. Sheriff Unger oversees law enforcement efforts across 5,500 square miles in central Nevada. The county seat and largest town is Battle Mountain, Nevada.

Sheriff Unger has spent his career as a public servant, working to protect his neighbors. The lifelong Nevadan has worked for 45 years as a volunteer firefighter with the Battle Mountain Fire Department. He served nearly 3 decades with the ambulance service, and 25 years in the business sector. Unger was the Nevada National Director for High School Rodeo for 17 years, and director of the Battle Mountain Rodeo Club for 33 years. Unger was elected Lander County Sheriff in 2002 and has just been named the new President of the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association representing law enforcement agencies statewide.

We applaud Sheriff Unger for his dedication to the citizens of Lander County. His endorsement of Marsy’s Law for Nevada demonstrates his consideration for victims of crime and their rights.

Once approved by citizens, Marsy’s Law will guarantee that victims of crime receive protected and enforceable rights and a voice through the judicial process. Residents of Nevada will vote on the issue in November 2018 as Ballot Question 1. We urge all Nevadans to remember to cast a vote for themselves this fall and Vote YES on 1, for victimsrights.

Equal Rights for Nevada Crime Victims. It’s just fair. #VictimsRightsNV

Marsy’s Law would ensure the:
* Right to receive information about the services available to crime victims

* Right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process

* Right to be protected from the defendant

* Right to notice of all public proceedings in the case

* Right to be reasonably heard, upon request, at all public proceedings regarding the case

* Right to reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding the case

* Right to full and timely restitution

History of Marsy’s Law

The effort is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in California in 1983. A week later he was released pending his court proceedings and went face to face with the victim’s family, who had no idea he was out of jail. Today her brother, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas is working to secure a voice and protection for victims and their families, nationwide. Marsy’s Law measures have already passed in California, Illinois, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and Ohio.

Marsy’s Law Approval

Marsy’s Law/Senate Joint Resolution 17 was first approved by Nevada state lawmakers in 2015 and again in 2017 as required by Nevada law for a constitutional amendment. Marsy’s Law for Nevada will now go to a vote of Nevada residents in 2018 as Ballot Question 1. We urge all Nevadans to remember to cast a vote for themselves in November. Vote YES on 1. #VictimsRightsNV