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Judy Hedding

Election 2012: Arizona Proposition 114

By September 22, 2012

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Arizona Proposition 114
Update: This proposition passed.
In November 2012 voters in Arizona will address Proposition 114, entitled Crime Victim Protection From Liability For Damages. It arises from the Senate (SCR 1020) as a proposed Constitutional Amendment. If passed Proposition 114 would protect crime victims from liability for damages by a person who was injured while committing a felony against the victim.

A synopsis of the pros and cons and more information about this ballot measure follows.

Advocates of Proposition 114 say that:

  • Today a constitutional "right to sue" exists, which permits criminals to sue people that they victimize. That means that a property owner who defends his family, or his property from violent criminals (home invasion, burglary, arson, etc.) can be sued by that criminal if he is hurt. A constitutional amendment is needed to stop this.

  • We have the opportunity to protect the rights of crime victims by voting for Proposition 114, the Crime Victims Protection Act, which would limit the ability of criminals to sue their victims. Help ensure that victims of crime aren't victimized twice.

Opponents of Proposition 114 say that:

    No arguments have been filed against Proposition 114.

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Note: pro and con arguments for the proposition were quoted or paraphrased from the official arguments. More arguments may have been submitted; I am presenting only a few that I believe will most help readers decide how to vote. You can find the entire wording of the ballot proposition, and all the pro and con arguments, in the official election pamphlet.

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