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Kasich Signs "Judy's Law"

Sep 8, 2017

Credit Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed into law legislation inspired by the local woman who was set on fire by her ex-fiance.

"Judy's Law" imposes longer prison sentences on people convicted of intentionally disfiguring their victims by using accelerants to set them on fire.  And this might not be the last law to crack down on domestic violence. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles explains.

Flanked by Judy Malinowski’s two young daughters, Kasich signed the bill, promising to take a look at existing domestic violence laws to see if they are comprehensive enough to protect women from abuse.

 

“Maybe there’s more we can do. Maybe there’s more we can do to think about how we can provide a safe haven, not just a safe haven but a wonderful haven and incubator to grow women into all they can be because without them, we are missing. We just don’t have it. We are not complete.”

 

“Judy’s Law” adds up to six years to terms of criminals who use accelerants in attacking their victims. Malinowski was doused with gasoline and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend back in 2015. She never left the hospital and died this past June, just hours before state lawmakers passed the bill.