Ohio Supreme Court Decides Gun Access Case Under Marsy’s Law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman has successfully challenged her abusive ex-husband’s right to possess a gun, under a crime victims’ rights law amended into the state Constitution in 2017. The state Supreme Court ruling on Thursday agreed with a lower court’s decision against a judge’s order that had granted the ex-husband relief from a federal gun restriction under an Ohio law that allows for lifting gun limits if someone’s conviction is fully discharged, and other conditions. In the 4-3 decision, the court said Jamie Suwalski could invoke what’s known as Marsy’s Law to register a protest against the order involving her former spouse, Roy Ewing, after he was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence against her. The law is named for Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, a California woman killed in 1983 by her ex-boyfriend. He was released from jail without notification to Nicholas. The law requires police to notify victims or their families when an offender is released from jail or escapes, and guarantees a victim’s “right to be treated with respect, fairness and dignity throughout the criminal justice process.” Versions of Marsy’s Law are in place in about 10 states. Justices found that Warren County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Peeler was not authorized under state law to grant Ewing’s request to have a federal firearms restriction lifted. The restriction was triggered by Ewing’s 2017 conviction. The court backed Suwalski’s right to seek a writ of prohibition from the Twelfth District Court of Appeals, where she argued Peeler […]

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