COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A bill passed by the Ohio House and headed for the Senate could put Ohio among more than two dozen states that require a prosecutor's consent for a criminal defendant to waive a jury trial.
The bill would allow prosecutors to demand a jury trial for felony cases, even if a defendant wants to waive that right.
Proponents tell The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/H4DpLI ) the bill would eliminate an unfair advantage for defendants who may skip a jury in favor of presenting their case directly to a judge who is sympathetic to their defense.
Opponents of the bill say the proposal doesn't fit with defendants' constitutional rights and the ideas on which the judicial process is founded.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com