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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Governor Signs "Amy's Law"

Governor Taft signed HB29 yesterday. It establishes additional procedures for a court to follow when making bond/bail determinations in domestic violence cases. It gets the name "Amy's Law" from Amy Rezos, whose husband Christopher Rezos is serving a 30-year prison sentence for trying to kill her three times, including shooting her in the head. Among the tougher bond requirements in Amy's law, a judge is now required to consider factors such as the suspected offender's mental health and severity of the incident.



  • At 3:55 AM, Blogger ronald said…

    its not fair to men who are killed or abused by women there getting away cause amy only made the law for men only if women kills or try to amy will surely be sued for making it legal for women to abuse there family members spouses and stalkers and everything else not applied to women offenders

  • At 10:17 PM, Blogger Robyn Williams said…

    What is wrong with the Ohio legal system when anyone can beat, half-drown, shoot, and then try to hire another to kill a spouse--when the end result is a 30 year sentence? Many non violent offenders serve more time than this! Great that Amy's law exists. However, Ohio needs to revamp its entire legal system to ensure justice to all victims of violent crime the first time, not the second, or even third time. Thank you to Amy for pushing for reform, but shame on Ohio that a victim of violent crime had to fight for her own justice.

  • At 4:30 PM, Blogger jessie said…

    Amy Yates is my cousin and what happened to her was un called for. I think every state in the U.S. should agree with what the amys law represents. If anyone is able to kill or even atempt to kill weather it be a male or female doing it then they should serve the life sentence without paroll. Who says that when they serve 10 years they wont get out and do the crime again? Men and women are able to commit this crime and yes you hear about men doing it most of the time but both sex do it. You dont hear about a woman commiting murder or even atempting to murder and it not right that they hide the fact that both sex do it. I think it should be the same talk about the women commiting crimes just as much as you do the men.

  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger Janie said…

    Re: Ronald
    Your comment is pretty silly in the first place,suggesting this woman could be sued for helping get a law passed. Aside from that, if you actually read the legislation you'd see that there is nothing gender specific. It applies to any person in jail for domestic violence. It just happens that this sort of violent crime is almost always perpetrated by men.


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