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Public Comment Sought on Amended Rules & Forms Concerning Judicial Consent to Minor’s Abortion

The Ohio Supreme Court’s new service last Friday announced that “amendments are being proposed to rules and forms concerning judicial consent to an abortion by a minor without notification of a parent, guardian, or custodian. The changes will bring the rules […]

Contention of Drilling Rights vs. Home Rule Jurisdiction

In its hearing  State ex rel. Munroe Falls v. Beck Energy Corporation last Wednesday, a Cleveland Plain Dealer articleprofesses the Ohio Supreme Court not only decides oil and gas drilling rights in the Summit County community of Munroe Falls, but larger consequences for […]

High court looks at death row inmate mental disability claims

The U.S. Supreme Court this morning heard an appeal from Florida death row inmate Freddie Lee Hall, who’s scored above 70 on most of the IQ tests he’s taken since 1968, but says ample evidence shows he is mentally disabled and […]

Supreme Court allows disputed home searches without warrants

In 1974 the Supreme Court in United States v. Matlock held Fourth Amendment prohibitions on unreasonable searches and seizures were not violated when the police obtained voluntary consent from a third party who possessed common authority over the premises sought to be […]

New Internet Access to Ohio Supreme Court Case Information

The Ohio Supreme Court’s news service, CourtNews Ohioannounced a new search feature being added to the Court website last week to help the public track issues accepted by the justices  for review. The new service is accessible via the Clerk of Court/ Case […]

Proposed bill to increase penalty for hit-skip drivers clears Ohio House

The Columbus Dispatch had an article yesterday about Zanesville Rep. Brian Hill’s having introduced HB 397 last December in response to a hit-and-run accident in Guernsey County back in April of last year in which a 14-year old teenager was killed and another 15-year old critically […]

Ohio juvenile law issues & cases

The Ohio Supreme Court decided two juvenile offender issues this past week. The first instance, State v. Long, Case 2012-1410 (Slip Opinion) 2014-Ohio-849 on March 12th., evolved from a joint jury trial in which defendant Eric Long and two adult codefendants […]

Susan B Anthony List / Steve Driehaus to U.S. Supreme Court yesterday morning had an article asking “…What could bring together the American Civil Liberties Union, the Cincinnati anti-tax group COAST and one-time National Lampoon editor P.J. O'Rourke? “How about a four-year-old Cincinnati political brawl turned Supreme Court case that touches on everything […]

New Ohio jail standards

Ohio’s  Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) accepted a set of 180 revised standards proposed by the Department of Corrections for the operation of Ohio jails yesterday --- the first time they’ve been updated since 2003 -- covering everything from […]

Psychologist’s Testimony that the Defendant Faked Mental Condition Prompts Supreme Court Appeal

“Is a psychologist’s trial testimony about a defendant’s allegedly feigned mental illness admissible during the state’s case-in-chief (the part of a trial where the party with the burden of proof presents its evidence) to show the defendant’s intent to mislead […]