Rep. Jim Hughes Applauds Ohio Senate Passage Of "Judy's Law"
House Bill 63 strengthens penalties for assault
June 28, 2017
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) today applauded the Ohio Senate for passing House Bill 63, also known as “Judy’s Law,” which strengthens the penalties for perpetrators of felonious assault if an accelerant is used in committing the offense.

Rep. Hughes introduced the legislation after learning about Gahanna mother Judy Malinowski, who was doused in gasoline and set on fire in August 2015 by her estranged boyfriend. Sadly, Judy Malinowski passed away yesterday as a result of her injuries, following more than 50 surgeries.

“This legislation would not have been possible without Judy’s bravery and courage,” Rep. Hughes said. “Judy and her family advocated tirelessly for this legislation so that victims in the future will receive the justice they deserve.”

House Bill 63 would allow judges to add an additional prison term of six years for felonious assault if the offender used an accelerant in committing the offense and the abuse resulted in a permanent disfigurement or permanent substantial incapacity.

Despite her condition before her passing, Malinowski continued to speak out about domestic violence and made every effort to warn other victims. She also bravely recorded video testimony encouraging legislators to pass House Bill 63.

Judy’s Law now goes to the Governor for his consideration.

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