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Ohio AG Yost: Student protesters could face felony charges because of 1953 Ohio anti-mask law

Fifteen States have Anti-Masking Laws from back in the Days when the Other Democrat Terrorist Group, the KKK, wore hoods while committing crimes!

by Sheridan Hendrix, Columbus Dispatch, May 6, 2024

In a letter sent Monday to Ohio's public university presidents, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost warned of an obscure law that could affect students who were arrested during recent on-campus protests.

"In our society, there are few more significant career-wreckers than a felony charge," Yost said in the letter. "I write to inform your student bodies of an Ohio law that, in the context of some behavior during the recent pro-Palestinian protests, could have that effect."

Ohio Revised Code 3761.12 makes it a felony to commit a crime with two or more people while wearing white caps, masks or other disguise. "Even a misdemeanor, such as trespass," Yost added.

More: Police confirm 36 arrested at Ohio State anti-Israel protest Thursday night

The "anti-disguise" law, as Yost called it, is a fourth-degree felony punishable by six to 18 months in prison, up to $5,000 in fines and up to five years on community control.

Fifteen States Have Ant-Masked Laws: Florida, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, California

Ohio's law went into effect on Oct. 1, 1953. Sixteen U.S. states have a form of anti-mask laws, some of which were ratified around the same time to prevent Ku Klux Klan rallies, whose members typically wore white hoods to conceal their identities.

Eighteen Ohio State students were arrested late last month during several on-campus pro-Palestine protests. Some of those students were wearing medical masks and other face coverings when they were arrested.

They were all charged with criminal trespassing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a $250 fine.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein said last Wednesday that his office will evaluate the evidence in each individual case, including video evidence, to determine the best resolution.

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Pete Shipley, a spokesperson for Klein's office, said charging decisions were made by OSU Police, as they were the arresting department, and questions regarding the decision-making on filed charges should be directed to that police department.

Yost said that the punishment for fourth-degree felonies that could come from an anti-disguise law "is significantly greater than misdemeanors that typically follow minor infractions that accompany student protests."

"I do not wish to see anyone's First Amendment rights abridged, nor see anyone surprised that they violated the law," Yost said. "The First Amendment is a shield against the government, not a sword against fellow students."



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