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Walking a Mile for Victims' Rights

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A walk honoring and raising awareness for the victims of violent crime took place at Tallahassee's Cascades Park on Sunday, April 8. Organizers are hoping victims' rights become a stronger part of Florida law later this year.

A prime walk organizer was Pat Tuthill, whose 23-year old daughter Peyton was murdered almost 20 years ago.

"Thank you all for coming out to the first annual Race for Justice," she told the several dozen people who turned out for the occasion. "It's a one-mile walk and our goal is going to have this happen every year."

Walkers, including Tallahassee Police Chief Mike DeLeo and Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Cambell.

"We often focus on the rights of the offenders, but we ignore the rights of the victims and the fact of the matter is that victims didn't do anything wrong to find themselves in the criminal justice system," Campbell explained.

A proposal before the state's Constitution Revision Commission called "Marsy's Law" would beef up the rights of crime victims. That could go before Florida voters this fall.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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