2014 is right around the corner and seasoned politician Mike DeWine is looking for any opportunity to get himself in front of a camera.   This week it’s the Steubenville rape trial where Ohio’s Attorney General revealed that he learned something new about Ohio law in the past two months.

After  yesterday’s rape conviction of two Steubenville teens, DeWine held a press conference with the two attorneys from his office who prosecuted the case, using the opportunity to share with national reporters  his opinion on rape (it’s bad) and also to announce his plans to pursue possible charges against others who failed to report the crime.

DeWine appeared on CNN this afternoon and reiterated his plan, saying “In Ohio, it’s a crime to fail to report a felony if you know that has occurred.”

Interestingly, before this trial began, DeWine seemed to believe the exact opposite.

Back in January, DeWine told reporters that “…observers of a crime aren’t always legally obliged to intervene. ‘It’s horrible. It’s insensitive.  It’s hard to understand, but it may not be a crime’.”

Plunderbund took DeWine to task for this statement, politely reminding him about Ohio Revised Code § 2921.22, which makes it a fourth degree misdemeanor to “knowingly fail to report” a felony to the authorities.

We’re glad we could help.

And we’re also glad DeWine got something more from the Steubenville trial than just a press opportunity.