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Page_white_text S1749: A bill to amend the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to provide adequate protection to the rights of crime victims, and for other purposes    [0 comments]
  • Expresses the sense of Congress with respect to ensuring that the rights and standing of crime victims are accounted for in the federal criminal justice system.
  • Amends the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to allow for the involvement of crime victims in the various phases of the criminal justice process, including: (1) the initial court appearance of a defendant; (2) the preliminary hearing; (3) the pretrial conference; (4) transfers of trial venues; and (5) revocations or modifications of probation or supervised release. Sets forth requirements for giving notice to crime victims of criminal proceedings and their right to participate in such proceedings.
  • Requires a court to consider the views of crime victims before accepting a plea of guilty or nolo contendere.
  • Permits a crime victim to attend any public deposition taken in a criminal proceeding.
  • Prohibits documents containing personal or confidential information about a crime victim from being subpoenaed without giving the victim notice and an opportunity to be heard.
  • Grants crime victims the right to: (1) attend any public court proceeding, subject to certain court-imposed restrictions; and (2) address the court regarding any decisions to release a defendant or dismiss a criminal case.
  • Authorizes a court to appoint counsel to assist crime victims in exercising their rights.
  • Requires a court to protect crime victims against unreasonable delay in criminal proceedings.
  • Directs the U.S. Sentencing Commission to amend its sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and official commentary to ensure that crime victims have meaningful participation in the sentencing process.
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