Out-of-state funders will spend $5 million to push the unnecessary Victims' Rights Amendment

No one knows how many amendments will be on the November ballot, but it's a safe bet one of them will be about victims' rights. Backers of the amendment would have us believe there's no way to protect victims' rights without amending the North Carolina Constitution -- again -- to make victims an even more protected class. That's just nonsense. Every single thing proponents want to do with this amendment could be done using regular legislation.

I say "again" because there's already a victims' rights amendment in the Constitution. Apparently it isn't good enough to satisfy Henry Nicholas, who will spend $5 million in the next two months to promote this new amendment. Nicholas founded and funded the national Marsy's Law organization and is the guy behind Broadcom Corp.

Since the NC Constitution of 1971 was affirmed, there have been only twenty amendments. The majority of these amendments extend the rights of citizens, or extend the government the ability to issue bond. Notably, victims' rights have already been incorporated by amendment into the NC Constitution. See section 37 of the Declaration of Rights.

Victims' rights advocates say they need to spend $5 million in out-of-state money to distinguish their unnecessary amendment from the other five unnecessary amendments that could be on the ballot. That's a lot of cash. And none of it will be spent telling the whole truth. No one will mention that the amendment will force state, county and local governments to spend more than $10 million every year to implement its provisions. No one will mention the unintended consequences of innocent people being found guilty.

Meanwhile, the ACLU, an organization I trust implicitly, has weighed in against this kind of amendment, saying it probably creates more problems than it solves.

I have nothing against carefully crafted laws that protect victims' rights. But this amendment is a fuzzy blank check that can and will be used in ways none of us can anticipate. I encourage everyone to VOTE AGAINST this and all the other amendments.



Henry Nicholas

Poor Henry was arrested this week on drug trafficking charges. Oh the irony!

More articles on arrest of funder of victim amendment campaign

Here's a link to an article about his arrest from the LA Times, complete with mugshot.

Broadcom co-founder and billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of narcotics trafficking after police discovered heroin, cocaine, meth and ecstasy in his suite at the Encore hotel, police said Thursday.

A more recent update - the Orange County DA is under fire for not disclosing a private jet trip from Nicholas.

State investigators are reviewing a complaint alleging Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and his chief of staff, Susan Kang Schroeder, illegally failed to disclose private jet travel provided by billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III, who previously was charged with using his plane for drug trafficking.

The complaint has been under review for more than a month by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), which enforces campaign money and conflict-of-interest laws that apply to government officials and candidates at the state and local level.

It alleges Rackauckas and Schroeder violated state disclosure laws in connection with private jet travel they accepted from Nicholas, the co-founder of Broadcom Corp. and one of Orange County’s wealthiest people.

Nicholas was also charged with stock fraud and drug trafficking in 2008 and 2009. The charges were later thrown out.

Thanks, I just posted this:

Dude apparently can't handle his billions.