State Lawmaker Proposes Youth Rights Bill

Oct 5, 2012

A state lawmaker says she wants to clarify part of Ohio's law that deals with minors and their access to legal counsel following a decision this week by the Ohio Supreme Court.

The high court said in a 4-3 ruling on Wednesday that state law doesn't entitle minors the right to an attorney during police interrogations that come before charges are filed or an initial appearance in juvenile court. State Rep. Tracy Heard says she's introducing a bill to require that children under the age of 18 be read their rights regarding interrogation "in their language." The Columbus Democrat says accused youths also would not be required to answer any questions, and minors would have the right to speak to their parents or legal counsel prior to answering questions.