Ohio Supreme Court Glossary of Legal Terms

“The court held in a per curiam opinion that a peremptory challenge during voir dire was barred by precedent — The court this morning ruled sua sponte that the motion for summary judgment was barred by res judicata… Say what? Obviously not everyone skimming the Ohio Supreme Court’sCourt News has a law degree or knows Latin, so last Friday – with Supreme Court …

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Ohio Supreme Court considering aspects of sealing criminal records

Sharlene Aguirre was convicted in 2001 for theft from a Columbus company that operates gift shops. Pleading guilty, she was sentenced to five years of community control, ordered to pay the company $2,000 and $32,562 to two insurance companies. The Cleveland Plain Dealer earlier in the week related her community control ended in 2007, and in January 2012 …

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Ohio proposed adult guardianship standardized practices

Following up on our post last Wednesday about the Supreme Court’s proposed standardized practices for Ohio adult guardianship, the Columbus Dispatch over the weekend had anarticle relaying that, “Thousands of Ohio’s most vulnerable residents are trapped in a system that was created to protect them but instead allows unscrupulous guardians to rob them of their freedom, dignity and …

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Ohio Death Penalty Moratorium

NPR this morning is reporting U.S. Southern Ohio District Judge Gregory Frost’s ordering  a 2-1/2 month moratorium following the troubled execution of Dennis McGuire in January. McGuire was the first person ever to be put to death with a combination of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone. “In light of the need for discovery and necessary preparations related to the …

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Accelerated “3+3” Paths to Law Degree Approved in Ohio

As was announced late last year, under the recently adopted amendments to Rule I of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio, applicants for admission to the practice of law in Ohio would only be required to obtain a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before admission to the …

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Ohio Supreme Court hearing traffic cameras case

A Cincinnati.com article related the Ohio Supreme Court’s this morning hearing the appeal by the City of Toledo and its camera vendor of  rulings favoring of a motorist who sued over a 2009 camera-generated ticket, charging that  city’s administrative handling of tickets was unconstitutionally bypasses the court system. Toledo contends that the camera systems are allowed under local …

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Ohio Death Penalty Task Force Releases Final Report

Word’s out, and, as in the words of Cleveland’s Plain Dealer and others, “Ohio’s Supreme Court task force on the death penalty has come out recommending sweeping changes to the state’s capital punishment system in its long-awaited final report. “The task force’s 56 recommendations, which state policymakers likely won’t act upon in the near future, include creating …

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Whistleblower protection extends to company contractors

NPR yesterday morning related “the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that a federal whistleblower law, enacted after the collapse of Enron Corporation, protects not just the employees of a public company, but also company contractors like lawyers, accountants, and investment funds.” The case was  Lawson. Etal v. FMR LLC, Etal , Case 12–3. Justice  Ginsburg in delivering the opinion of …

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Kentucky bill setting minimum life without parole penalty in officer murder

Cincinnati.com this morning carries a story about Kentucky Rep. David Floyd’s announcing at a news release that he has filed a bill that would set the minimum penalty of life without parole in cases involving the intentional murder of a local or state police officer, sheriff or deputy sheriff who was on duty at the time of death. …

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