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RIGHTS

January 24, 1995

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Carla Stovall says her new job covers promotion of victims' rights legislation and prosecution of restaurants serving unmarked margarine.

Victims of crime committed by juveniles deserve the same rights afforded people entangled by adult wrongdoing, Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall said Monday.

The Legislature should extend to juvenile cases a law requiring victims and their families to be notified of court action involving the person accused or convicted of a crime, she said.

Stovall, speaking to Lawrence Rotary at the Lawrence Holidome, said lawmakers didn't include a provision for juveniles when passing a statute covering adult crime.

"Follow through from the Legislature was not there ... if you have been victimized by a juvenile," she said.

The attorney general, a former state parole board member, also urged tightening of the state's 1994 sexual predator act. Those convicted of a second serious sex offense need to be sentenced to life in prison without parole, she said.

Stovall, who received 15,000 votes in Douglas County in the November election, controls a $14-million budget and 250 employees, including personnel in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Some of the office's legal work involves high-profile cases.

Lawyers in the office soon will argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to settle a legal dispute with Colorado regarding the use of river water that should flow into southwest Kansas, Stovall said.

However, she said, not all the legal work was glamorous.

For example, Stovall is responsible for prosecuting restaurants that serve unmarked margarine. She also is required to act against companies that dispense pharmaceutical drugs in vending machines.

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