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Stephan championed victims' rights

Congratulations to former Attorney General Robert Stephan for being honored this week by Gov. Mark Parkinson for his work on behalf of crime victims. A plaque recognizing the former Wichitan is being placed by a tree that was planted on the Capitol grounds 20 years ago to commemorate the passage of the Kansas Crime Victims' Bill of Rights. During the 1989 legislative process, Stephan said, "My firm conviction that crime victims need to be guaranteed certain rights flows from an appreciation of how they have been denied access to the criminal justice system in the past." Stephan continues to work on behalf of crime victims as chairman of the Governor's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and by trying to raise public awareness about domestic violence.