Judy Malinowski Obituary, Death Cause – Judy Malinowski raises her right hand, which is malformed, and looks directly into the lens of a video camera. When characterizing the appearance of the young mother, the adjective “frail” does not even come close to doing her justice. It is really difficult to accept that she is still alive. The resolute tone of Judy’s voice belies the fact that her body is on the edge of giving out, belying an unfathomable strength and drive.
The victim of the arson attack is communicating through the live feed with both her counsel and the attorney representing Michael Slager, her boyfriend at the time of the attempted murder. Judy would have passed only a few short months after giving the deposition. These videotaped talks would be the impetus for a groundbreaking new development in the legal system of Ohio, which would be the acceptance of a murder victim’s right to testify at their own trial.
That was exactly what Judy did when she communicated with the judge and the jury in person from beyond the grave. Michael received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The harrowing incident will be detailed in the documentary titled “The Fire That Took Her,” which will be made available on Paramount+ on May 23rd.
Not only did Judy’s postmortem testimony make history, but she also made history herself.
A state law that adds up to six years to the penalties of offenders who attack and disfigure victims with accelerants such as gasoline was enacted as a direct result of her tale and activism, which helped get the law passed. The same week that Judy was laid to rest, lawmakers came together and unanimously approved Judy’s Law, which was then signed into law by the governor with Judy’s two daughters standing by his side. This woman contributed to American legal precedent,” the filmmaker Patricia Gillespie tells The Independent. She first read about the story in a newspaper article that didn’t even make it to the main page. “This is one crazy tale. The existence of this woman ought to be common knowledge.