The bill was prompted after a conversation Retherford had with a Hamilton police detective.
These pieces of evidence were protected throughout a court case, and including the appeals process. However, a December 2016 Ohio Surpeme Court ruling allowed those pieces of evidence could be released once the inital court case concluded.
Because of that, the suspect could have access to that sensative material, police and Retherford said.
Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit told the Journal-News last year the legislation is a “no-brainer” in protecting victims from having to re-live a traumatic experience.
“We take our role in protecting victims very seriously, and we want to make sure no victim is re-victimized by loopholes,” Bucheit said in December 2017. “We’re all working here for the common good for the people, and we all see the problem. It’s a matter of recognizing a potential problem and the opportunity for someone to be re-victimized.”