Given the fundamental importance of procedural due process in criminal law, and conceding the impact of case law developments of the past decade and one-half, the movements manifest in decisional law, while spectacular, have necessarily been piecemeal and have tended to obscure the broad substantive and procedural reforms which have been initiated by that general address possible only through legislation and the rule making processes. Nonetheless, quietly, and almost unnoticed outside a relatively small circle within the legal profession and related disciplines, a seismic reform has been going on. The present symposium is devoted to the description and analysis of Ohio's part in that quiet effort toward more comprehensive treatment of criminal law reform. Only the broadest outline, omitting many details of the general movement, is possible here. That outline may provide some setting for Ohio's revamped criminal code and new criminal rules.
Jack G. Day, The Quiet Revolution in the Criminal Law - A Foreword, 23 Clev. St. L. Rev. 1 (1974)