Friday First District Roundup 8-9-19

Each Friday, we highlight decisions of the First District Court of Appeals in the past week. For question about these cases, contact Vanessa Seeger.

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State of Ohio v. Allen Ward
Case #C180573

Quote from Judge Crouse's Opinion:

Plaintiff-appellant Allen Ward appeals his eight-year prison sentence for felonious assault and his concurrent 36-month prison sentence for endangering children. In one assignment of error, Ward argues that the record does not support the lengthy prison sentence imposed by the court. For the following reasons, we affirm.

State of Ohio v. Michael Searles
Case # C180340

Quote from Judge Bergeron's Opinion:

Moving residences is never an enjoyable endeavor, but adding a bottle of Hennessy to the mix often causes more harm than good. Here, three now-erstwhile friends gathered to assist with a move and, at the end of the day, one was convicted of assaulting another and trespassing in her apartment. The defendant now appeals, raising sufficiency and manifest-weight grounds, but focuses his appeal on a challenge to the authenticity of photographs of the victim’s injuries. But his argument rests on an unduly restrictive theory of authentication that cannot be squared with Ohio law. We accordingly hold that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting the photographs, and in light of those pictures and the concomitant testimony, we reject the weight and sufficiency arguments as well and affirm the trial court’s decision.< State of Ohio v. Justin Jones  Case #C180300 Quote from Judgment Entry We consider this appeal on the accelerated calendar, and this judgment entry is not an opinion of the court. See Rep.Op.R. 3.1; App.R. 11.1(E); 1st Dist. Loc.R. 11.1.1. Jones was convicted, after a plea of guilty, to violating Ohio’s notice of residence address change for certain sex offenders, a third-degree felony, in violation of R.C. 2950.05. Jones was subject to the residence-change-notification law because of a 2013 gross-sexual-imposition conviction involving his four-year-old niece. He was on postrelease control for that offense when he failed to register his address as required by law. The trial court accepted his plea and imposed a sentence of 12 months in prison. On appeal, Jones challenges only his sentence and claims it is contrary to law, in one assignment of error. City of Cincinnati v. Triton Services, Inc., Ohio Farmers Insurance Company, Majid H. Samarghandi, Triton Properties, LLC / Triton Services, Inc. v. City of Cincinnati, A Municipal Corporation  Case # C170705 Quote from Judge Winkler's Opinion: