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Proposal Expanding Scope of Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission

The Supreme Court’s news service last week related Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor’s proposing to  significantly extent the scope of the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission, advocating expanding the commission “into a larger, more comprehensive entity that can work to help […]

New Revised Ohio Probate Forms

The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted probate court forms that concern real property certificates of transfer, foreign adoption, and disinterment applications -- two existing forms that have been revised, and nine new ones. See Supreme Court’s announcement here and complete language of forms here. […]

On Clarifying the State’s Use of Electronic Traffic Citations

The Akron Legal News last Friday had article on clarifying the state’s use of electronic traffic citations which the Ohio Supreme Court issued in two amendments to Traffic Rule 3, effective Jan. 1, 2014. (Text of Amendments) “Electronic traffic citations, while allowable under Ohio […]

Ohio Supreme Court’s Adopting New Parenting Coordination Rules

Back on Jan. 24th., the Court’s news service reported the Ohio Supreme Court’s having adopted new rules governing local courts’ use of parenting coordination taking effect on April 1. “The new Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio would apply to those courts wanting […]

Capital Punishment News & Update

The Boston Globe last week reported that the Department of Justice has decided that it will seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, citing the “heinous, cruel and depraved manner” of the attack that killed three people, injured more […]

Traffic light rulings worry cities

The red light/traffic camera issue is well & very much alive in the state of Ohio with the Columbus Dispatch yesterday morning noting that “while appeals courts in Toledo and Cleveland have ruled that city ordinances making red-light and speed-camera violations in-house administrative matters […]

Ohio Supreme Court on debtors’ prisons

Responding to recent issues & allegations of the return of “debtors’ prisons” to the state and elsewhere in the nation, the Ohio Supreme Court has published a reference guide for judges and court personnel about the collection of fines and […]

Sixth Circuit decision on Juvenile Strip Searches

The National Law Journal was yesterday reporting the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati's holding that, despite the fact the Hazard County, Ky. youths were arrested on the relatively minor charge of underage drinking, Breathitt Regional Juvenile Detention Center jailers acted within the law to […]

U.S. Supreme Court defining “Mental Retardation in Capital Cases this March Wednesday morning announced that ”twelve years after the U.S. Supreme Court held in Atkins v. Virginia that execution of mentally retarded persons violates the Eighth Amendment,  justices will use the case of  Freddie Lee Hall to bring before the Court how states determine […]

Ohio’s execution quandary

The Columbus Dispatch last Friday explored some rather " 'unique circumstances' it says Ohio prison officials are facing for the first time in the 15 years since the state reinstated the death penalty, dealing simultaneously with legal issues from a past execution, one […]