Ruling on victim's rights could be felt across state

All of California could be affected by Judge Robert Tamietti's decision requiring a dependent abuse case to return to trial.

His ruling in the trial involving alleged abuse victim Tracy Gamache — a severely physically and mentally handicapped woman with cerebral palsy — stems from the Victims' Bill of Rights voters approved in 2008.

That amendment to California's Constitution puts the rights of victims ahead of the rights of defendants in some instances, Tamietti ruled this week.

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