Arsonist loses challenge to new state registration law

ANNIE YAMSON | Daily Reporter
Published: 08/25/2014

Last week a panel of judges in Ohio’s First District Court of Appeals considered an appeal from convicted arsonist Edward Caldwell, who challenged the constitutionality of Ohio’s recently enacted law requiring arson offenders to register annually.

Caldwell pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated arson after he set his couch on fire on June 22, 2013.

Nine days later, on July 1, Ohio’s new registration laws went into effect.

Caldwell was convicted on Sept. 24 and sentenced on Nov. 7.

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