Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

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OSJCL Amici: Views from the Field

Ron J. O'Brien on Trying the 1-270 Sniper

Prosecution Ruminations on Trying a Highly Publicized Case
Within the Confines of Ohio's Insanity Law

Ron J. O'Brien
Franklin County Prosecutor

Most citizens in Central Ohio became fully aware of the I-270 sniper many months before he was identified and an arrest was made. On a weekly basis, potential jurors discussed the freeway sniper around the office water cooler or were warned by the media on the nightly news that the freeway sniper was still at large—and shooting—and reminded to be careful where they drove their car or family van.

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