Victim Impact Statement

• Watch the documentary about Channon Christian and Chris Newsom. Then, watch Channon’s mother and
brother give their victim impact statements.
• Finally, write ~one page telling me your opinion on victim impact statements. Be sure to use examples from
the documentary and materials you were to read/watch. Keep in mind that this is often the only time the victim
gets to speak during a trial, and it usually occurs during the sentencing phase, after the defendant has been
convicted. We all have the right to a trial by a jury of our peers, and to confront witnesses, but as a victim, there
are no rights built into the Constitution. Although many states are now implementing some form of “Marsy’s
Law,” what do you think should be different for victims

Sample Solution

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