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Justice for Julie

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By The Staff

Bill and Debbie White learned Dec. 31, 2004, of the murder of their daughter, Julie White Boyd.Two years later, at the conclusion of a murder trial, Boyd’s family could only have one member of the family speak to the courtroom, while the defendant was allowed an unlimited number. The Whites say they were devastated with a judicial system adding insult to injury.Debbie White, armed with information about what law needed to change from Prosecutor David Abner, soon contacted state Sen. Ernie Harris, who immediately offered his help. Harris and White’s efforts to change the law took two years because of a short session during the first year, but in 2008, Harris took it to the Senate on behalf of the White family and state Rep. David Osborne took it to the house.The bill, SB 46, Crime Victims’ Bill, passed 99-0.The Whites said they are thankful to Harris and Osborne for their care, compassion, concern and personal intervention on their family’s behalf.Debbie White said the moment shows what one person can do to correct an injustice.