The San Gabriel Valley Tribune found in a telephone survey of 24 area law enforcement agencies that all said they kept Marsy’s Law cards “readily available.” But based on interviews with LA Deputy District Attorney and 2012 DA candidate Steve Ipsen, victims’ rights advocate LaWanda Hawkins and others, the newspaper said implementation of Marsy’s Law has been mixed since its passage by California voters in 2008. - HTN Foundation

Brenda Gazzar, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/25/2011 04:37:47 AM PDT

Kevin Azevedo wanted to know when the man who killed his father would next appear in a Los Angeles courthouse.

He hoped he would get a heads-up from authorities prosecuting the 30-year-old homicide that could have led to the death penalty for suspect Christopher David Winter, 55, of Indiana.

But by the time Azevedo received word, Winter had already cut a deal with the Los Angeles County District's Attorney's Office. In exchange for his plea, the killer got less than six years in state prison when he was sentenced on June 7.