Do you have the right to a jury trial when accused of a crime that carries a serious penalty if you are convicted?
An Ohio judge has said no, not unless that crime is jail time. The state can impose any other serious, life-impacting penalty they want on the whim of a single judge.
Nicholas Alahverdian has challenged that ruling. His case may set a precedent that will determine whether or not Ohio courts must recognize the right of anyone accused of a crime which carries a severe penalty other than jail time.