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April 25, 2013

County witness units assure victim rights


Northumberland County's victim-witness assistance program dates back to 1986 when Pennsylvania allocated $8,900 to Northumberland County and then District Attorney, now president judge, Robert Sacavage said, "We know victims are uncomfortable when things are brought to court and we are here to smooth the way."

True then. True now.

It is almost a cliché that courts bend over backwards to uphold the rights of the accused, and they should. Prosecutors and coordinators like Candace Armstrong in every county throughout the state, through the Victim Witness program, also protect the rights of victims.

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