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Voters approve Proposition 114 on civil liability for crime victims

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Voters have approved a ballot measure aimed at protecting crime victims from being sued by someone harmed while committing a felony or fleeing from the scene of a felony.

Cronkite News bases its projection on unofficial returns showing Proposition 114 leading by a wide margin.

The measure amends a section of the state Constitution that bans laws limiting the right to sue for death or injury.

A 1993 state law protected defendants in lawsuits from liability if the person claiming harm was involved in a felony in which they were at least 50 percent responsible.

But a 2006 Arizona Court of Appeals ruling repealed that because of the state Constitution’s ban on laws limiting the right to sue.