Does Marsy's Law protect companies?

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Supreme Court is weighing whether corporations qualify as people under the state's victim's rights law.

Marsy's Law says a victim is a person who suffers harm as the result of a crime.

Javonne Hunt, from Bismarck, is claiming he doesn't owe Blue Cross Blue Shield restitution for breaking another man's jaw, because the company isn't a person. Hunt agreed to pay for the victim's out-of-pocket medical expenses, but is appealing a court order to pay the insurance company's costs.

Burleigh County prosecutors say corporations are people under state law.