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APRIL 3, 2020

Prosecutor Ordered to Respond to Lawsuit - Elyria Chronicle Telegram

Stow Court Awarded Grant for Video Conferencing/Remote Access - Akron Beacon Journal

Opinion: Virus Won’t Stop Courts from Pursuing Justice - Cincinnati Enquirer Opinion

Sylvania Files Lawsuit in Ongoing Annexation Controversy - Toledo Blade

Judge Divides Corruption Trials - Youngstown Vindicator

Coronavirus: Local Judge Recognized for Taking Most of His Court Operations Online - Dayton WHIO-TV

Trials Delayed in Belmont County - Wheeling (WV) WTRF-TV

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, Juvenile Court Employees Ordered to Quarantine because of Coronavirus, Memo Say - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Up to 3 Million Renters in Ohio Could Be Facing Eviction - Cleveland WKYC-TV

Six Cuyahoga County Jail Inmates Test Positive for Coronavirus, Officials Say - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Some Groups Are Educating Ohio Voters about the Primary Voting System. Others Are Fighting It. - Athens Messenger

Coronavirus: Ohio Asks Federal Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging ‘New’ Primary - Columbus Dispatch

Federal Judge Again Rules to Allow Ohio Abortions despite State Health Order - Columbus Dispatch

A Death Sentence: As Jails Struggle to Stem Coronavirus Outbreaks, Delays Could Spell Disaster - The Root

Coronavirus Goes to Court: After Lives and Livelihoods Come the Lawsuits - USA Today


APRIL 2, 2020

Merit Decision: Court Tweaks Factors in Attorney-Fee Awards. Phoenix Lighting Group, L.L.C. v. Genlyte Thomas Group, L.L.C. - Legally Speaking Ohio

Willoughby Municipal Court Receives Technology Grant - Willoughby News-Herald

Susan Jagers: Ohio Poverty Law Center: Need for Statewide Eviction Moratorium - Clermont Sun Opinion

Lawsuit over Summit Courthouse Hallway ‘Push’ Isn’t Over - Akron Beacon Journal

Butler County Judge Fears for his Drug Court Participants While He and Staff Work from Home - Cincinnati WCPO-TV

Coronavirus Causes Uncertainty for Those Struggling to Pay Rent, Mortgages - Dayton Daily News

Barberton Judge Officiates, Provides Music at Wedding despite Coronavirus - Akron Beacon Journal

Think You Can Fake Coronavirus Symptoms to Beat Arrest? Expect More Charges - Columbus Dispatch

‘I’m Never Getting out of Here.’ Prisoners, Loved Ones Worry about Coronavirus in Prisons, Jails - Columbus Dispatch

Inmates Coming out of Jail Homeless, Hungry during Pandemic - Spectrum News

Two Immigrants in Ohio Jail Isolated Among Coronavirus Concerns as Advocates Call for ICE to Reduce Number of People in Custody - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Report Breaks down Death Sentences across Ohio, Past and Present - Youngstown WKBN-TV

Joining Ohio Opioid Cases a Good Step toward Settlement - Columbus Dispatch Editorial

Appeals Court Reschedules Jimmy Dimora’s Oral Arguments, Will Hold Them by Video due to Coronavirus - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Justice Delayed: Coronavirus Halts Opioid, Cancer Trials - Law360

Uncertainty Plagues Rest of the Supreme Court’s Term amid Coronavirus Crisis - CBS News


APRIL 1, 2020

Mayor of Bridgeport Suspended after Records Tampering, Theft in Office Charges - Athens WOUB Public Radio

BG Attorney back in Jail after Ohio Supreme Court Ruling - Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune

Payment for Deposition Transcripts Cannot Be Recouped as Court Costs - Highland County Press

Ohio Supreme Court to Hold Oral Arguments Remotely due to Coronavirus - Columbus WSYX-TV

Ohio Supreme Court to Hear Cases Remotely during Coronavirus Threat - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Coronavirus: Justices Abandoning Bench to Hear Arguments via Online Videoconference - Columbus Dispatch

Cash-Register Justice: Fees Collected from Defendants Are Funding the System - ABA Journal

Court: Ohio School Workers Must Have Police-Like Training to Carry Guns - Associated Press

Activist Group Contends State Appeals-Court Ruling Calls into Question Legality of Armed Teachers in Ohio - Cincinnati Enquirer

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Extends Limits on Hearings due to Coronavirus into May - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Judge Says He Can’t Get Involved in Struggle over Forest Park Megachurch - Cincinnati Enquirer

Lorain County Couple Charged with Violating Ohio’s Stay-at-Home Coronavirus Order, Elyria Police Say - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Crawford County Mourns Death of Judge Steven Eckstein - Bucyrus Telegraph Forum

Stay-at-Home Order Is a Hardship for Those Living with Abusers - Athens Messenger

Coronavirus Got 900 Inmates out of Cuyahoga County’s Troubled Jail When Inmate Deaths Didn’t. Some Say the Changes Should Stick - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Some Ohio Inmates May Be Released Because of the Coronavirus Crisis, Gov. Mike DeWine Says - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Coronavirus and Prison: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Expected to Rule Soon on Releasing Inmates Vulnerable to COVID-19 - Mass Live

Coronavirus and the Rule of Law: Courts Struggle to Preserve Justice amid Catastrophic Conditions - Milwaukee Independent

FBI Issues Warning for Cyber Criminals Taking Advantage of COVID-19 - Cleveland WEWS-TV

Cleveland Federal Judge Strikes down Pharmacies’ Attempts to Sue Doctors in Opioid Litigation - Cleveland Plain Dealer


MARCH 31, 2020

Ohio Supreme Court to Decide Whether Volkswagen Should Pay State Hundreds of Billions for 2015 Emissions Scandal - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Lawyers Discovered Long-Hidden Evidence at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. Now, a Death Row Inmate May Get Another Shot at Justice - Cleveland Scene

Juvenile Court’s 90-Day Limit to Conduct Supervision or Custody Hearings Is Mandatory - Highland County Press

Ohio Court Deadlines Suspended; Valley Courts Adapt to Pandemic - Youngstown WFMJ-TV

Probate Court Receives Grant for Video Conferencing Technology - Mahoning Matters

Courthouse Gets Final Piece of New Security Equipment - Marietta Times

Pandemic Forces New Methods in County Drug Court - Medina Gazette

West Washington Street Murder Suspect Case Continued - Athens Messenger

Cuyahoga County Courthouse Coronavirus Scramble Came While Longtime Administrator Was Aboard Cruise Ship, Self-Quarantined - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Ohio Employs Prison Labor to Fill Shortage of Masks, Gowns and Other Protective Equipment - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Local Corrections Facilities, Sheriff’s Departments Taking Extra Measures - Steubenville Herald-Star

Voting Rights Groups Sue State over Extended Ohio Primary - Columbus Dispatch

Man Whose Murder Conviction Was Overturned in 2018 Says Cleveland Police Withheld Evidence, Manipulated Witnesses - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Federal Judge Blocks Ohio from Using Coronavirus Health Order to Restrict Abortions - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kids in Foster Care? Coronavirus Prompts Courts to Halt Family Visits, Dealing Harsh Blow - USA Today

Law Dean Denounces Professor for Quoting Supreme Court Decision that Includes N-Word - The College Fix


MARCH 30, 2020

Coronavirus: Ohio Court Deadlines Suspended by Chief Justice - Columbus Dispatch

Merit Decision: Judgment Creditor of City Employee Cannot Assert Right of Indemnification against the City Under R.C.2744.07. Ayers v. Cleveland - Legally Speaking Ohio

Ohio Court Upholds Conviction of Man Accused in Wife’s Death - Associated Press

Pandemic Concerns Force Delay of William Husel Murder Trial - Columbus Dispatch

Prosecutors Request Prison for Former 10TV Meteorologist Mike Davis, Say He Lacks Remorse - Columbus Dispatch

Cleveland Man’s Jail Sentence for Violating Probation on Petty Theft Charge amid Coronavirus Pandemic Counters Public Safety, Judge Finds - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Millions of Ohioans Potentially Eligible to Join Lawsuit over Driver’s License Lamination Fee, Judge Rules - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Berea Muni Court Attempting to Resolve Most Warrants for Non-Violent Offenses Without Arrest - Cleveland WJW-TV

Evictions during COVID-19 - Spectrum News

‘People Have to Have a Home to Stay In’: How Cleveland-Area Housing Courts Are Handling Evictions during the Coronavirus Pandemic - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Franklin County Municipal Court Puts a Hold on Eviction Hearings - Columbus WCMH-TV

Parents Fighting to Prevent Child Abuse Deaths Hit Hurdles across State, Legal System - Dayton WDTN-TV

Licking County Jail Population Reduced by 26% in Preparation for Coronavirus - Newark Advocate

Coronavirus: Hamilton County’s Jail Has 750 Fewer Inmates. but Not Without Problems - Cincinnati Enquirer

Ohio Prison Worker Tests Positive; Inmate Sues for Release - Associated Press

Can Training Help Ohio Police Spot Drivers Impaired by Drugs, Alcohol? Marijuana Laws Raise Questions - Columbus Dispatch

Coronavirus in Ohio: Abortion Clinics Ask Court to Intervene in State Health Order Banning Elective Surgery - Cincinnati Enquirer

U.S. Court Lacks Jurisdiction over Foreign J&J Implant Lawsuits - 6th Circuit - Reuters

I Have Questions - Courthouse News Service Column


MARCH 27, 2020

Supreme Court Tosses $13.2M Judgment against Ex-Detective - Associated Press

Niles Court Gets Emergency Technology Grant - Warren Tribune Chronicle

Inmate Urges Release out of Coronavirus Fears - Toledo Blade

Ohio Judge Issues Arrest Warrants for Courtroom No-Shows during Coronavirus Pandemic - Newsweek

Fifth District Court Denies Murder Appeal by Marvin Benson - Cambridge Daily Jeffersonian

Coronavirus: Time Restrictions in Juvenile Court Likely to Be Tolled - Mansfield News Journal

Closing Not an Option for the Court System - Greenville Daily Advocate

How Cuyahoga County’s Domestic Relations Court Is Making Sure Survivors Are Still Safe during COVID-19 Crisis - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Mentor Resident Appointed Lake County Grand Jury Foreman - Willoughby News-Herald

BCI Seeks Tips on ‘Suspicious Activity Involving Michael Mearan,’ Subject of Sex Trafficking Investigation - Cincinnati Enquirer

Ohio Prisons Publishing Daily Coronavirus Statistics; Nobody Has It Yet - Columbus Dispatch

16 Ohio Prison Inmates Tested for Coronavirus, No Positive Results So Far - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Supreme Court: Justices Healthy and Trying to Stay that Way - Associated Press

How Is COVID-19 Affecting Current Supreme Court Cases? - Pacific Legal Foundation

Justice Department Should Charge Intentional Coronavirus Spreaders as Terrorists - CNN Opinion

Don’t Have Your ‘Felon Card’? In Alabama, That’s a Crime - The Crime Report


MARCH 26, 2020

Conviction in South Toledo Murder Upheld - Toledo Blade

$4M Attorney Fee Award Cut in Half by Ohio High Court - Bloomberg Law

Ohio Supreme Court Rules City of Cleveland Doesn’t Have to Pay $13.2 Million Judgment to Wrongfully Convicted Man - Cleveland Scene

Ohio Supreme Court Orders Judge Pinkey Carr to Comply with Order Limiting Hearings during Coronavirus - Cleveland Plain Dealer

HIV-Positive Prison Inmate in Ohio Argues to State Supreme Court that Imprisonment During Coronavirus Is a Death Sentence - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Elyria Municipal Court Was Awarded an Ohio Supreme Court Grant for Video Conferencing - Lorain Morning Journal

Court Video Equipment Ordered - Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune

Judge Grants Appeal of Kettering Man in 2016 Fatal Shooting of Fairmont Teen - Dayton Daily News

Athens Municipal Court, Per Directive, Postpones All Hearings, including Evictions - Athens News

Cuyahoga County Judges, Defense Lawyers Create Task Force to Evaluate Courthouse Response To ‘New Coronavirus Era’ - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Summit Court Extends Restrictions through April 10 for Coronavirus Concerns - Akron Beacon Journal

Judge Beck Issues Operations Order for Bellefontaine Municipal Court - Bellefontaine WPKO Radio

Lorain Municipal Court Makes Changes - Lorain Morning Journal

Coronavirus Outbreak Prompts Changes at Lake County Domestic Relations Court - Willoughby News-Herald

The Bar Exam and COVID-19: The Need for Immediate Action - The National Jurist

Make Us Safer with Smarter Watch over Offenders - Columbus Dispatch Editorial

Butler County Jail Releases Hundreds of Inmates to Ease Crowding for Coronavirus Concerns - Cincinnati WCPO-TV

Coronavirus: Richland County Jail Releasing Some Nonviolent Inmates - Mansfield News Journal

Immigration Advocates Ask Ohio to Release Inmates, ICE Detainees due to Coronavirus Outbreak - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Local Jails Releasing Hundreds of Prisoners amid Coronavirus Fears, Up from Dozens Just Weeks Ago - USA Today


MARCH 25, 2020

What’s on Their Minds: Can an Interested Witness to a Noncomplying Will Inherit Under It? In re: Estate of Joseph I. Shaffer. - Legally Speaking Ohio

Court: Drivers in Accidents Can Leave Scene if Info Provided - Associated Press

City of Cleveland Won’t Have to Pay $13.2 Million to Wrongfully Convicted Man, Ohio Supreme Court Rules - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cleveland Municipal Court Announces More Cutbacks to Operations as Coronavirus Concerns Continue - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cleveland Judge Pinkey Carr Must Follow Court’s Order to Limit Hearings amid Coronavirus, Appeals Court Rules - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Judge Delays Local Kidnapping Trial During Pandemic - Canton Repository

Former Portsmouth City Councilman Michael Mearan Detained by Police; Home Raided - Cincinnati Enquirer

Avon Shoplifting Suspect Charged with Violating Gov. Mike DeWine’s Stay-at-Home Coronavirus Order - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Nelsonville Mayor’s Court Continued - Athens Messenger

Stark Probate Court Modifies Operations During Pandemic - Alliance Review

County Municipal Court Halts Hearings - Athens Messenger

Court, Jail Construction Continue in Warren County During Outbreak - Dayton Daily News

Lorain County Clerk of Courts, Prosecutor’s Office Make Changes for Coronavirus - Lorain Morning Journal

Hamilton County Judges Issue New Order Limiting Courthouse Access amid COVID-19 Outbreak - Cincinnati WKRC-TV

Grand Jury Gets More Time to Issue Indictments - Youngstown Vindicator

Medina Mayor Shares County Courthouse, Parking Deck Updates - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Court Changes Include Releasing Inmates at High Risk for Coronavirus - Dayton Daily News

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center Rejecting Kids Arrested for Misdemeanors Due to Coronavirus - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cleveland Police Starts Phone-In Reports for Minor Offenses to Reduce Coronavirus Threat to Officers; Here’s Where to Call - Cleveland Plain Dealer

COVID-19: Butler County Sheriff Wants Middletown Health Department to Name the Positive - Cincinnati Enquirer

Butler County Sheriff Seeks Court Order Disclosing Coronavirus Case Locations - Dayton WKEF-TV

Feds, Yost Will Prosecute Doctors Who Abuse Power with Personal Coronavirus Prescriptions - Columbus Dispatch

Attorney: Keep Court-Ordered Parenting Time During Coronavirus Pandemic - Dayton WKEF-TV

A Wake-Up Book for Divorcing Parents - Portsmouth Daily Times

Arizona Appeals Court Upholds Jodi Arias’ Murder Conviction - Associated Press

Predicting Prison Terms and Parole - Downtown News Magazine


MARCH 24, 2020

Ohio Supreme Court: Trial Courts Can Resentence Defendants after Portions of Sentences Are OverturnedHighland County Press

Amish Beard-Cutting Leader Sam Mullet to Serve Rest of Sentence at Home after He Raises Concerns about CoronavirusCleveland Plain Dealer

Limited Cases and Video Arraignments: Butler County Courts Not Shutting DoorsHamilton Journal-News

Court Sets New Case GuidelinesHillsboro Times-Gazette

Gallipolis Municipal Court ProtocolsGallipolis Daily Tribune

Coronavirus in Ohio: New Restrictions on Public Access to Hamilton County CourthouseCincinnati Enquirer

Highland County Common Pleas Court Further Limits Operations Following State’s Stay Home OrderHighland County Press

Cleveland Housing Court Pauses Evictions during Coronavirus PandemicIdeaStream

Coronavirus Spread Creates Some Limits, but Won’t Stop Major Criminal Investigations Like the Cuyahoga County Corruption Probe, Jail ProbesCleveland Plain Dealer

Have a Court Date? See Whether Cuyahoga and Summit County Courthouses Have Delayed It amid Coronavirus SpreadCleveland Plain Dealer

Coronavirus: New Procedures to Get Marriage Licenses at Franklin County CourthouseColumbus Dispatch

Sunshine Laws and the CoronavirusAthens Messenger

Ohio Lawmakers Seek to Stop Sentences of Life Without Parole for Youth OffendersCleveland Plain Dealer

Judge Orders Northern Ohio Federal Courthouses Closed to Public due to CoronavirusCleveland Plain Dealer

U.S. Prosecutors Clamping down on Coronavirus ScamsColumbus Dispatch

Washington Supreme Court Orders Judges to Keep People out of JailSlate

How Coronavirus Is Crippling Courts and Raising Concerns among Civil Liberties AdvocatesABC News

How Coronavirus Is Disrupting the Death PenaltyThe Marshall Project


MARCH 23, 2020

Ohio Lawmaker from Cincinnati Sues 4 Supreme Court Justices of Primary Delay DecisionCincinnati WXIX-TV

Groups Call for Better Coronavirus Response in Ohio Jails, PrisonsMahoning Matters

Attorney Asks Judge to Reinstate Bond for Boardman Man Charged with RapeYoungstown WKBN-TV

Delaware County Courthouse Limiting Public Access to Buildings in Response to CoronavirusColumbus WSYX-TV

Court Turns to Video for HearingsMount Vernon News

Ashland County Courts to Alter Procedure Starting March 30 for COVID-19Ashland Source

County Court Still in Session, Judges Will Hear Pending CasesZanesville Times Recorder

Coronavirus: Marion Courts to Remain Open, Change Programming (Updated)Marion Star

Coronavirus: Painesville Municipal Court Changes Hours, Limits In-Person AccessWilloughby News-Herald

Cleveland Judge Calls Lawyer Who Asks to Reschedule Hearings amid Coronavirus Surge a ‘Little Idiot’Cleveland Plain Dealer Video

Despite Order on COVID-19, Judge Issued Arrest Warrants for People Who No-Showed

The Sentence of Life Without Parole Spikes in Ohio as Death-Penalty Cases DropCleveland Plain Dealer

Ohio Voting Rights Groups Take Issue with Primary Postponement Columbus Underground

Officials Taking Steps to Reduce County Jail PopulationsAssociated Press

Cuyahoga County Jail Population at Lowest Level in History. It Should Never Go back to the Way It WasCleveland Scene Opinion

Athens Co. Judge Discusses Release of Jail Inmates Who Are More Susceptible to CoronavirusAthens WOUB Public Radio

Delaware County Boy Adopted amid Coronavirus PandemicColumbus WBNS-TV

WV Supreme Court Declared Judicial Emergency to Reduce In-Person ProceedingsWest Virginia News

Coronavirus: Will Courts Continue to Operate, Preserving the Rule of Law?

Supreme Court Rules States Can Bar Insanity DefenseAssociated Press

Judge Gentry: Misconduct Hearing Postponed in Midst of COVID-19 PandemicCincinnati Enquirer


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