WITH THE ENACTMENT of Am. Sub. S.B. 144,1 Ohio has now joined the small group of states' that are revising their rape laws in measures significant enough to indicate that a trend may be underway. Ohio's new law is designed to protect victims of sex offenses: it contains major provisions affecting (1) the definition of rape itself; (2) new services for victims; (3) record suppression; (4) evidence rules; and (5) sentencing for certain offenders. The new law attempts to secure complainants' rights to privacy and equal protection together with defendants' rights to a fair trial and due process; however, the law may after all satisfy no one completely, and some of it is almost certain to undergo vigorous constitutional attacks.
"Ohio's New Rape Law: Does It Protect Complainant At the Expense of the Rights of the Accused?,"
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