Rep. Hughes Introduces Judy's Law
Legislation inspired by local woman who was set on fire by ex-boyfriend
February 14, 2017
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) today introduced legislation that was inspired by a Gahanna woman who was doused in gasoline and set on fire in August 2015 by her ex-boyfriend.
House Bill 63 would allow judges to enhance sentences for defendants whose victims are permanently maimed or disfigured by adding a new sliding scale specification that would narrowly apply to felonious assault in the event that the victim has suffered serious physical harm.
Judy Malinowski, whose ex-boyfriend doused her with gasoline and set her on fire 18 months ago, is currently still fighting for her life at a Columbus-area hospital. Malinowski’s ex-boyfriend was given the maximum sentence of only 11 years.

“Judy’s attacker gave her a life sentence and received only 11 years in prison. Her story makes it clear that there is a need for a change in Ohio law,” said Rep. Hughes.

Despite her condition, Malinowski continues to speak out about domestic violence and has made every effort to warn other victims.

House Bill 63 will soon be referred to a House standing committee where it will be discussed further.

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