Friday First District Roundup 9-17-21

Joseph P. Houlihan v. Sarah Morrison, Administrator, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Hamilton County Case # C200382 Quote from Judge Crouse’s Opinion:Plaintiff-appellant Joseph Houlihan appeals the judgment of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas denying his request to participate in the workers’ compensation fund for the substantial aggravation of preexisting medical conditions. For the following reasons, …

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Happy Constitution Day, 2021!

In honor of Constitution Day, we would like to highlight some of the Con Law related books that we have in our collection, for your enjoyment. Both published in 2019, we have added How to Read the Constitution and Why, by Kim Wehle, and What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck. Reading How …

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Friday First District Roundup 9-10-21

State of Ohio v. Christopher Hall Case # C200264Quote from Judge Crouse’s Opinion:Defendant-appellant Christopher Hall appeals his conviction for domestic violence. For the reasons that follow, we reverse the trial court’s judgment and remand the cause for a new trial.[…]Hall was arrested later that morning and charged with one count of domestic violence, in violation of R.C. …

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Friday First District Roundup 8-27-21

State of Ohio v. James Rhymer Case # C200164Quote from Judge Crouse’s Opinion:Defendant-appellant James Rhymer was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault. He has appealed, arguing four assignments of error that (1) the trial court failed to properly instruct the jury on the elements of self-defense, (2) the trial court erred when it instructed the …

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We the People…

…do ordain and establish…. You are cordially invited to join us on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM (via Zoom) in establishing the inaugural Hamilton County Law Library Book Club. As a founding book club member, your input will be valuable in deciding the direction of the book club–what we’ll read (fiction, non-fiction, etc.), …

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Friday First District Roundup 8-20-21

State of Ohio v. Scott French Case # C200331Quote from Judge Myers’ Opinion:Defendant-appellant Scott French appeals his conviction for escape. In three assignments of error, French challenges the validity of his guilty plea, the effectiveness of his trial counsel, and the sentence imposed. Finding no merit to French’s assignments of error, we affirm.French was indicted for …

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Law Library partners with CBA and Public Library to launch “A Lawyer Explains…”

In the March 2021 edition of the CBA Report, then CBA President Chris Wagner set an ambitious goal “to more deeply fulfill our mission to educate the public on the law and the importance of legal process and the legal profession.” As a law library, this goal spoke to us and our mission to provide …

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Friday First District Roundup 8-13-21

State of Ohio v. Kevin Rogers Case # C200236Quote from Judge Zayas’ Opinion:Defendant-appellant Kevin Rogers appeals the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court’s judgment overruling his 2020 “Motion for Relief from Judgment.” Because we lack jurisdiction to review that judgment, we dismiss the appeal.Rogers was convicted in 2000 of murder, felonious assault, and aggravated robbery. He unsuccessfully …

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A Law Librarian Explains Case Law

What is case law?  Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute offers this explanation: “Case law is law that is based on judicial decisions rather than law based on constitutions, statutes, or regulations. Case law concerns unique disputes resolved by courts using the concrete facts of a case. By contrast, statutes and regulations are written abstractly. Case …

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