State Representative Anielski Announces Passage Of "Judy's Law"
Judy's Law inspired by woman set on fire by estranged boyfriend
 
 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) announced that the Ohio House has passed House Bill 63, also known as “Judy’s Law.” The bill strengthens the penalties for perpetrators of felonious assault if an accelerant is used in committing the offense.
 
State Representative Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) introduced the legislation after learning about a Gahanna mother, Judy Malinowski, who was doused in gasoline and set on fire in August 2015 by her estranged boyfriend. Over 600 days later, Malinowski has had more than 50 surgeries and is still fighting for her life. Due to current law, the judge was only able to impose an 11-year sentence on her abuser.  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.


“Strengthening the legal ramifications that relate to abuse is one way the legislature can make sure judges have another tool in these horrific cases,” said. Rep. Anielski. “I am proud to have voted in support of these protections and look forward to working to make sure the state continues to combat the scourge of abuse in Ohio.”


Despite her horrific condition, Malinowski has continued to speak out about domestic violence and has made every effort to warn other victims. She also bravely recorded video testimony encouraging legislators to pass House Bill 63.
 
NBC Channel 4 in Columbus this week announced that Malinowski has been moved to a palliative care center and is no longer receiving medical care, but is resting comfortably. Malinowski’s family remains optimistic.
 
Judy’s Law passed unanimously and now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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