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OCTOBER 18, 2019

Kids Learn about State, Local Court Connections during Take Your Child to Work Day

While many state buildings are closed on Columbus Day, the Thomas J. Moyer Judicial Center remains not only operational, but also educational.

OCTOBER 17, 2019

Ohio Disciplinary Counsel Dies

Image of Scott DrexelScott Drexel, Ohio’s disciplinary counsel, passed away yesterday after a brief illness.

OCTOBER 15, 2019

CLE Commission Sanctions 194 Attorneys for Noncompliance

The Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education issued sanctions for 194 attorneys who failed to comply with their CLE requirements.

After 100+ Foster Kids, Volunteer Provides Lifeline to Moms, Families in Recovery

In a drug court, the most visible people helping participants are a judge and their staff. But there are others who help those in need, including volunteers.

OCTOBER 10, 2019

Conduct Board Issues Four Advisory Opinions

Image of the official logo for the Ohio Board of Professional ConductThe Ohio Board of Professional Conduct issued four advisory opinions regarding application of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct.

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OCTOBER 17, 2019

Court Sanctions Attorney Who Accepted Firearms in lieu of Law Firm’s Payments

The Ohio Supreme Court today sanctioned a law firm’s former managing partner for accepting $28,000 in guns in lieu of payment for legal services provided by other firm attorneys, and for not reimbursing the firm for the firearms until he was confronted four years later.

OCTOBER 16, 2019

Trial Courts Can Waive Previously Imposed Court Costs

Ohio trial courts can waive, suspend, or modify unpaid court costs at any time for any case in which they imposed the costs, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

Arrest Started with Stop of Black SUV Registered as White SUV Was Constitutional

A police officer could lawfully stop and investigate an SUV whose paint color did not match the color listed on vehicle registration records because, based on his experience, he believed the vehicle or its license plates were stolen, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

OCTOBER 15, 2019

Williams County Hosts Supreme Court for Session with High School Students

The Ohio Supreme Court’s justices will travel to Williams County next week to hold oral arguments before nearly 600 high school students.

Regulators Lack Authority to Impose Cost-Recovery Cap on Utilities’ Energy Efficiency Plan

State law does not give the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) authority to preemptively cap the costs FirstEnergy can recover in its plan for energy efficiency and energy demand reduction programs, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

OCTOBER 10, 2019

Former Franklin County Judge Suspended for Sexual and Campaign Misconduct

The Ohio Supreme Court today indefinitely suspended former Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Timothy S. Horton from practicing law, rejecting his claims that he should receive a more lenient sanction for his misconduct.

OCTOBER 9, 2019

Convicted Man Cannot Use Recent Ohio Supreme Court Decision to Challenge His Sentence

The state statute authorizing a trial court to vacate a sentence based on a new decision from the U.S. Supreme Court does not apply to a new decision from the Ohio Supreme Court, the state high court ruled today.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

Cincinnati Must Pay Newspaper’s Legal Bill for Withholding Arrest Videos

The city of Cincinnati did not act in good faith when it delayed releasing to the Cincinnati Enquirer body-camera footage of police officers using Tasers to subdue two men during an August 2017 arrest, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

Toledo Area Attorney Suspended for Filing False Tax Returns

A Sylvania attorney convicted in federal court of filing a false tax return was suspended for two years, with one year stayed, by the Ohio Supreme Court today.

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OCTOBER 17, 2019

New Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Administrative Judge Selected

Image of Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Brendan J. SheehanCuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brendan J. Sheehan has been chosen by his peers as the court’s next administrative judge. His term begins Jan. 1, 2020.

OCTOBER 10, 2019

Justice Stewart Meets with International English Teachers

Image of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart standing in the courtroom of the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center speaking to a group of men and womenTwenty-two high school teachers from Eastern Europe and Central Asia met with Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody J. Stewart recently to talk about the judiciary and openness in government.

OCTOBER 9, 2019

Justices Get Word about New Tool to Interpret Law

Judges and justices take oaths to uphold the law. But what if they have trouble interpreting it? Along with using the most common methods of precedent and research, Ohio Supreme Court justices recently learned about a relatively new and emerging method.

OCTOBER 3, 2019

Ohio Supreme Court Welcomes New Magistrates to the Bench

Image of Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor speaking from behind a lecturnThirty-seven new magistrates received a three-day crash course on what it’s like to transition from the bar to the bench during a second annual orientation at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.

OCTOBER 2, 2019

Website Offers Voters Unbiased Information on Judicial Candidates

Image of a hand depositing a paper ballot into a box with the words: 'On the Ballot You're the Judge.'Data show an information void in Ohio on candidates for judicial seats, but one non-partisan web tool will present voters with unbiased information on all judicial races next month.

OCTOBER 1, 2019

Governor Appoints Painesville Municipal Judge

Image of Painesville Municipal Court Judge James R. O'LearyJudge James R. O’Leary was recently appointed as the new judge on the Painesville Municipal Court. Judge O’Leary replaces Judge Michael Cicconetti, who retired.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

Students Hear Constitution Week Lessons from Justice Fischer

Image of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Patrick F. Fischer standing at a lecturn speaking to a group of men and womenJustice Patrick F. Fischer drew on personal experiences as a lawyer, judge, and justice to illustrate the meaning of Constitution Day for students, community members, and local officials during a speech at Ashland University.

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OCTOBER 18, 2019

Kids Learn about State, Local Court Connections during Take Your Child to Work Day

While many state buildings are closed on Columbus Day, the Thomas J. Moyer Judicial Center remains not only operational, but also educational.

OCTOBER 17, 2019

Ohio Disciplinary Counsel Dies

Image of Scott DrexelScott Drexel, Ohio’s disciplinary counsel, passed away yesterday after a brief illness.

OCTOBER 15, 2019

CLE Commission Sanctions 194 Attorneys for Noncompliance

The Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education issued sanctions for 194 attorneys who failed to comply with their CLE requirements.

After 100+ Foster Kids, Volunteer Provides Lifeline to Moms, Families in Recovery

In a drug court, the most visible people helping participants are a judge and their staff. But there are others who help those in need, including volunteers.

OCTOBER 10, 2019

Conduct Board Issues Four Advisory Opinions

Image of the official logo for the Ohio Board of Professional ConductThe Ohio Board of Professional Conduct issued four advisory opinions regarding application of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct.