Kelsey Grammer is touting an Illinois constitutional amendment that would make it easier for crime victims and their families to seek justice in court.
The Frasier star appears in a new video urging voters to back Marsy's Law, one of several emotional-charged pitches up for referendum on November's midterm-election ballot. Attorney General Lisa Madigan headlined an event in Chicago Monday night to promote the proposed amendment, which aims to protect victims' rights during the criminal trial process and require notification when offenders are released from prison, among other changes.
"I'm Kelsey Grammer. Nearly 40 years ago, my sister Karen was murdered. Since that time I've done my best to keep the men responsible for her death behind bars. In Illinois victims and their families don't always have that right. With the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights, victims and their families will be informed and heard before criminals can be paroled. I urge you to vote yes on the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights."
Grammer, a Republican who portrayed a Chicago mayor on the short-lived Starz drama Boss, recently testified at a parole board hearing for Freddie Glenn, who raped and killed Karen Grammer in 1975 and is currently serving a life sentence at a Denver prison. The actor said he'd forgiven Glenn, but could not support his release.