Child Foundation honored Henry
Nicholas with its Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual
Samantha’s PRIDE Awards at the Fairmont Hotel. Henry Nicholas,
Co-Founder of Broadcom Corporation, was recognized for his achievements
helping crime victims and furthering the cause of victims’ rights,
including his leadership in the 2008 passage of the California Crime
Victims’ Bill of Rights, known as Marsy’s
Former Gov. Pete Wilson calls Henry Nicholas the “driving force” behind
the state constitutional amendment, which has become the model for
remedying the mistreatment of victims by the judicial system. Passed by
California voters on Nov. 4, 2008, the law is named for Henry Nicholas’
sister, Marsy Nicholas, who was murdered in 1983.
Henry Nicholas formed “Marsy’s
Law for All” last year to empower and unify the victims’ rights
movement by providing technology, media support and other expertise and
resources. The goal of Marsy’s Law for All is to pass a U.S.
Constitutional Amendment to protect the rights of all Americans who find
themselves victims of crime.
“It’s un-American to deny victims their basic rights—rights that have
long been protected for those accused and even convicted of violent
crimes,” said Henry Nicholas. “Now we are reaching out to victims and
organizations across the country to join us in stopping once and for all
this affront to our values. It is inhuman to subject American citizens
to such mistreatment, especially when they are most vulnerable.”
The Joyful Child Foundation was founded in 2002 by Erin
Runnion in memory of her daughter, Samantha, the five-year-old
Orange County girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered that year.
PRIDE awards annually recognize community members who have promoted
child safety by preventing abduction and sexual abuse.
Henry Nicholas praised Erin Runnion for her “courage and selflessness in
turning her personal tragedy into a positive movement to protect
children from harm.”
Henry Nicholas co-founded Broadcom in the spare bedroom of his Redondo
Beach, CA. condominium. Under his leadership as Co-Chairman, President
and Chief Executive Officer, Broadcom set a record for growth by a
semiconductor company, reaching $1 billion in revenue in 36 quarters. He
is applying to the victims’ rights movement the same entrepreneurial
skills he used to build Broadcom into a multi-billion dollar, publicly
traded company. Through his philanthropic and public service
enterprises, Henry Nicholas is helping to unify and empower
organizations in the area of victims’ rights to advance the causes of
crime victims nationwide.
Sharing the Lifetime Achievement Award with Henry Nicholas was his
mother, Marcella Leach, who after the murder of her daughter helped
for Homicide Victims, a leading victims support organization.
Marcella Leach for many years has been Vice Chair of Crime
Victims United of California, the leading political force for
victims in California. She was a signatory of the ballot initiative to
pass Marsy’s Law in November, 2008, and her radio ads were instrumental
in creating a successful electoral campaign.
In 2005, Marcella Leach was awarded the Victim’s Service Award by the
White House. Prior to her work for victims’ rights, she was a high
school teacher of English, drama, and speech, and later was an
administrator with Santa Monica College and the Santa Monica Unified
School District. She holds a master’s degree from UCLA.
Other honorees at the Samantha’s PRIDE awards included John Kobylt and
Ken Chiampou of KFI radio’s John and Ken Show, Geoffrey Fletcher,
the Academy-award winning screenwriter of the Academy Award-winning film Precious:
Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, and Los Angeles Police
Detective Kevin Coffey.
is focused on expanding the constitutional rights of crime victims
nationwide and supporting the use of new technologies to help unify
geographically dispersed grass-roots organizations. Its new Web site, www.MarsysLawForAll.org,
aims to enable the victims’ rights movement to reach new members and
promote the eventual passage of a U.S. Constitutional Amendment.
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