ND Supreme Court Justice Dale Sandstrom Calls Marsy’s Law “a Hobby Farm for an Eccentric Billionaire”

By Rob Port

A sitting justice speaking out about a ballot measure which has roiled North Dakota’s legal community seemed worth checking out, so I contacted Sandstrom and he confirmed the comments to me.

“…I’m concerned that a lot of scarce legal resources will be consumed trying to figure out what the measure means and perhaps having to defend it in federal court.”

“The North Dakota Constitution should not be a hobby farm for an eccentric California billionaire,” he told me in an email.

“Even for $2½ million dollars he should not be able to get the name of his deceased sister Marsy in the North Dakota Constitution, but under the measure he would,” he continued. “And I’m concerned that a lot of scarce legal resources will be consumed trying to figure out what the measure means and perhaps having to defend it in federal court.”

Marsy’s Law has seen exclusive financial backing from California tech billionaire Henry Nicholas. His sister was stalked and then murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. A tragic story to be sure, and the amendment is supported by other victims and their families. But North Dakota’s legal community is heavily opposed to the measure.

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