Rep. Bob Cupp has been appointed to serve on a task force of the Ohio Supreme Court to determine if improvements in Ohio’s grand jury system are needed and appropriate.  The task force was formed by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor.

The Task Force stems from a recommendation of Gov. Kasich’s Task Force on Community-Police Relations, which recommended a more detailed review of the grand jury process.

Cupp will be one of 18 members on the task force which includes county prosecutors, judges, and law school professors.  Cupp will bring to the task force a background which includes insight which - in addition to that of a current and former state legislator - was gained while previously serving as an Ohio supreme court justice,  court of appeals judge, and Lima city prosecutor.

“The Grand Jury is an important safeguard in our criminal justice system and is embedded in our state constitution. With something so essential, it is appropriate to review how it currently operates in practice and determine if any improvements are in order,” said Cupp.

The first meeting of the task force is Feb. 17, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center (located at 65 S. Front Street in Columbus). The meeting is open to the public, but seating is limited.

The task force is to submit its final report and any recommendations by June 15, 2016.

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