The federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) grants a victim the right to confer with the United States attorney serving on his or her case. However, in practice, the attorney’s criminal charging decisions can impede the victim’s access to this right. This Comment analyzes a crime victim’s right to confer in light of the recent In re Wild case, in which a survivor of Jeffery Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking crimes was effectively denied the right to confer with the government attorney on her case because criminal charges were never filed. This Comment advocates for an interpretation of the CVRA that allows a victim to confer with the attorney irrespective of the filing of criminal charges, in accordance with In re Wild’s dissenting opinion.
Lauren K. Cook, A Victim's Right to Confer Under the Crime Victim's Rights Act, 43 Campbell L. Rev. 543 (2021).