HB 477 – Prosecutor Right to Appeal (2011-2012)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_477
HB 477 clarifies the people who have the power to appeal criminal decisions and allows the prosecution the right to delayed appeals.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Bubp (R), Rep. Slaby (R)
Secondary Sponsors:Rep. Huffman (R), Rep. O’Brien (D), Rep. Terhar (R)
Committee:Criminal Justice (H)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou129.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0477?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
HB 477 is a problematic expansion of prosecutorial power in Ohio’s courts. The ACLU of Ohio believes this bill grants prosecutors license to come dangerously close to violating defendants’ 5th Amendment constitutional rights and alters the balance of court proceedings.