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AUGUST 23, 2019

State Workers Can Be Fired during Probationary Period at Employer’s DiscretionAkron Legal News

Merit Decision: No Civil-Service-Law Based Greeley Claim for Probationary Public Employee. James Miracle v. Ohio Department of Veterans’ Servs.Legally Speaking Ohio

High Court Dismisses Appeal after Docket Fee Check BouncesAkron Legal News

Ohio Supreme Court Determines When Class Action Defendant Can Raise Arbitration IssueLegal Newsline

PUCO Reverses Disputed FirstEnergy Charge; But Customers Won’t Really Get a RefundCleveland Plain Dealer

Former Durrani Patients Demand Faster Action in Courts after Botched SurgeriesCincinnati WKRC-TV

Claudia Hoerig’s Attorney: Jury Was ‘Poisoned’Warren Tribune Chronicle

Convicted Serial Killer Sam Little Set to Plead Guilty in Slayings of Ohio WomenCleveland Plain Dealer

Hamilton Cty. Judge Designs Courtroom to Create Calming AtmosphereAkron Legal News

State Still Fighting for Execution Method that Gov. DeWine Said He Wouldn’t UseColumbus Dispatch

Ohio’s Hemp Law Causes Confusion about Whether to Charge People for Growing Plants IllegallyCleveland WEWS-TV

Ohio Public Defender’s Office Questions Domestic Violence BillColumbus WOSU Public Radio

Ohio AG Moves to Save Law that Defunds Speed

ABA Issues Formal Ethics Opinion on Cyber Attacks against AttorneysTechnology for Lawyers, Akron Legal News

Two Paths in the Opioid CaseAkron Beacon Journal Editorial

Judge Will Wait to Sign off on FirstEnergy Solutions Bankruptcy EmergenceAkron Beacon Journal

Felony Murder: Charging Black Teens for Their Friend’s Death Is a CrimeThe Chicago Reporter


AUGUST 22, 2019

Dayton-Area Abortion Clinic Loses Ohio Supreme Court FightDayton Daily News

Amazon’s Liability for Teen Death to Be Weighed in OhioBloomberg Law

Ohio High Court Revives Wrongful Death Suit against AmazonLaw360

Ohio Supreme Court Justice to Speak at Ashbrook Center Constitution Day on Sept. 17Ashland Source

Briefly SpeakingSecond Brief, University of Dayton News

Claudia Hoerig Appeal, Filed Late, Says There Was Unsufficient Evidence to ConvictYoungstown Vindicator

Disgraced Judge Lay in Wait to Kill Ex-Wife after She Dropped off Kids: ‘Singular Mission to Murder’

Deadly Hit-and-Run Driver May Get Behind the Wheel AgainColumbus WSYX-TV

Serial Killer Who Claims 93 Victims Expected to Plead in 2 Cincinnati CasesCincinnati Enquirer

Local Court Programs Finalists for State AwardCanton Repository

Mahoning Juvenile Court Recognized for Innovative ProgramsAkron Legal News

Harvest Celebration Caps off 25 Years of Creative Sentencing by Painesville Judge Michael CicconettiCleveland WOIO-TV

State Funding Allows Another Probation Officer in Belmont CountySteubenville WTOV-TV

Puffenberger Appointed Ohio Judicial Advisory Group ChairToledo Blade

Pending Lawsuit Brings Uncertainty for Cities Who Normally Use Traffic Cameras in School ZonesCleveland WJW-TV

‘Akron Lawyer’ Remembered for Service in Legal Profession, CommunityAkron Beacon Journal

The Other Side Podcast: Gay Black Lawyer Seeks More Diversity in Legal FieldColumbus Dispatch

Local Woman Pushing for Change after Driver Who Killed Her Son Was Allegedly Involved in another Hit-Skip CrashCleveland WJW-TV

Householder among the Doubters of the Death PenaltyAkron Beacon Journal Editorial

Ohio AG Dave Yost to Opioid Makers: Settlements Don’t Affect the State’s LawsuitCleveland Plain Dealer

John Kasich, Gordon Gee Team up to Steer Opioid Settlement Cash to HospitalsCincinnati Enquirer

Conviction & Integrity - What Is Being Done to Ensure the Guilty Are Really Guilty?Toledo WTOL-TV

Justice in the Balance: the Fight for Power and Influence in the US Supreme CourtNew Statesman America


AUGUST 21, 2019

Ohio Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal of Dayton-Area Abortion Clinic Fighting to Stay OpenColumbus Dispatch

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Probationary Employees Can Be Fired at WillColumbus WOSU Public Radio

Public Bodies Cannot Use Secret Ballots to Take Official ActionAkron Legal News

Ohio Supreme Court Closes the Door on FirstEnergy’s Illegal Subsidies in a Win for Customers and the EnvironmentEnvironmental Defense Fund

Cuyahoga County’s Top Judge ‘Seriously Considering’ Run for Ohio Supreme CourtCleveland Plain Dealer

11th District: Portage County Sunshine Laws Case Not ‘Frivolous’Akron Legal News

Ohio Appeals Court Rules on Defective Traffic Sign

Coventry Man Agrees to Plead Guilty to Murder, Rape of Antiques Dealer in Exchange for Not Facing the Death PenaltyAkron Beacon Journal

Williams County Sheriff Facing Additional ChargesToledo Blade

Disgraced Judge Lance Mason Pleads Guilty to Ex-Wife’s Murder, Faces Life in PrisonCleveland Plain Dealer

Ex-Death Row Inmate Awaiting Deportation to JordanCincinnati Enquirer

Bond Set at $5 Million for Cincinnati Priest Accused of Raping Altar BoyCincinnati Enquirer

Richland County Commissioners to Discuss Court-Appointed Attorney Fees Aug. 22Richland Source

County Commissioners: Solution to Jail Overcrowding Rests with Local JudgesPortsmouth Daily Times

Cleveland Looks to Provide Legal Representation for Impoverished Families Facing EvictionCleveland Plain Dealer

New Report Shows Court, Volunteers Helped Nearly 77,000 Ohioans Reinstate DLsAkron Legal News

Addicted to FinesGoverning Magazine

Opioid Makers Agree to $15 Million in Settlements with Cuyahoga, Summit Counties in Advance of October TrialCleveland Plain Dealer

House Speaker’s Support of Death Penalty Is Being TestedColumbus Dispatch

Ohio’s Republican House Speaker Says He’s ‘Less and Less Supportive’ of the Death PenaltyCincinnati Enquirer

Life after Death Row: Witness to Innocence Group Brings Former Prisoners to Eagle CountyVail (CO) Daily

Ohio Innocence Project Helping Milford Man Convicted of 2007 RobberyCincinnati WKRC-TV

DNA Match Leads to Man’s Arrest in Violent 1993 AbductionColumbus Dispatch

Canton Man Waiting 35 Years for Execution of Dad’s KillerCanton Repository

When Death Becomes Torture: Death Row Inmate Russell Bucklew’s Execution Could Be the Most Horrific in US HistoryMedia Entertainment Arts WorldWide


AUGUST 20, 2019

Court Rules in Case Involving Prison Escape, ‘Political’ FiringColumbus Dispatch

Screening of Documentary Featuring Medina County Drug Court Participants is Aug. 27Cleveland Plain Dealer

Former State Rep Asks Ohio Supreme Court for Spot on Warren Mayor’s BallotYoungstown WFMJ-TV

Randy Law Appeals to Ohio Supreme CourtWarren Tribune Chronicle

New Miami to Sue State over Speed Camera LegislationHamilton Journal-News

Ohio Supreme Court Addresses Waiver of the Right to Arbitrate in the Putative Class Action ContextLexology

The Battle over the Ohio Supreme Court in 2020Statehouse News Bureau

Docs: Anderson Twp. Attorney Forged Signatures, Stole $271k from Man with ‘Special Needs’Cincinnati Enquirer

Lance Mason, Former Cuyahoga County Judge, Pleads Guilty to Murder of Ex-Wife Aisha FraserCleveland WEWS-TV

Former Judge Lance Mason Pleads Guilty in Murder of Ex-Wife Aisha Fraser, ‘I Wish to Take Responsibility for the Crimes I Have Committed.’Cleveland WJW-TV

Chicago Woman Being Held without Bond after Accusations that She Threatened Local JudgeYoungstown WKBN-TV

Ohio Judge Rejects Bid to Move Buried Newborn Murder Trial, Begins Sept. 3Associated Press

Man in Prison for 1995 Cleveland Murder Gets another Year for Trying to Pay Witnesses to Recant Their TestimonyCleveland Plain Dealer

Cincinnati Man Whose Murder Conviction Was Tossed Headed Back to JordanAssociated Press

Juvenile Court Judge Receives Budget IncreaseMount Vernon News

Ohio Innocence Project Fighting to Clear Milford Man after 11 Years in PrisonCincinnati WVXU Public Radio

An Arrest that Almost Wasn’t: How Prosecutors Charged Priest with Rape 30 Years LaterCincinnati Enquirer

License to Drive and Move AheadAkron Beacon Journal Editorial

Legality Questioned as Avon Lake Moves to Impose Jail Time for Passing School BusesCleveland WJW-TV

Cuyahoga Falls, Porchlight Announce New Initiative to Solve 1987 Barbara Blatnik MurderAkron Beacon Journal


AUGUST 19, 2019

Documentary Celebrates Success, Struggles of Addiction RecoveryColumbus Dispatch

‘Harder than Dying’: Drug Court Documentary Profiles Marion Native in RecoveryMarion Star

Drug Court Featured in DocumentaryMedina Gazette

Former Lorain County Judge Suspended from Practicing LawAkron Legal News

Statewide Bail Reform Needs the Imprimatur of the Ohio Supreme CourtCleveland Plain Dealer Editorial

Local Court Receives State CertificationNapoleon Northwest Signal

State Supreme Court to Hear Alliance, Marlington Local CaseCanton Repository

The Supreme Court of Ohio Rules that Defendants Need Not Plead an Arbitration Defense to Defeat Class CertificationLexology

9th District Reverses Dram Shop Wrongful Death RulingAkron Legal News

Skylar Richardson Case: Attorneys Request a Change of Venue Due to ‘Prejudicial Pretrial Publicity’Cincinnati Enquirer

Judge to Question Potential Jurors in Buried Newborn CaseAssociated Press

‘I’ve Hardly Seen Someone with So Little Remorse as You,’ Judge Says in Sentencing for Man Convicted of Killing Two in Parma HeightsCleveland WJW-TV

Democrat Jennifer Brunner Announces Run for Ohio Supreme CourtColumbus Dispatch

Hostile Work Environment Claim Must Be Considered, Appeals Court RulesColumbus Dispatch

One Cuyahoga County Judge’s Contribution to Jail Crowding: 13 Inmates Awaiting Trial for More than 400 DaysCleveland Plain Dealer

Disgraced Judge Lance Mason Expected to Plead Guilty in Ex-Wife’s Stabbing Death in Shaker Heights, Sources SayCleveland Plain Dealer

More Local Control Gained in Probation CasesCanton Repository

Crabtree, Sheriff Disagree over Housing Local Prisoners in Other CountiesPortsmouth Daily Times

Ohio Attorney General Suing Contractor for Consumer Refunds of $105kDayton Daily News

Associate Cuyahoga County Jail Warden Eric Ivey Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Cooperate with Investigations into Jail Conditions, County GovernmentCleveland Plain Dealer

Ohio Considers Eliminating Time Limits to Prosecute Rape CasesDayton Daily News

Gov. Mike DeWine: Use of Fentanyl in Executions ‘Not an Option’Columbus Dispatch

Several High-Profile Investigations Net Ohio State a High Price Tag for Legal FeesColumbus Dispatch

How the Unchecked Power of Judges Is Hurting Poor TexansTexas Monthly


AUGUST 16, 2019

Ohio Supreme Court Rules City Governments Can't Use Secret Ballot at Public MeetingsCrain’s Cleveland Business

Ohio Supreme Court Ruling a Win for Washington Twp. Woman in Pawn Shop FightDayton Daily News

Kemmers Celebrating 50 Years of MarriageTroy Daily News

11th District Appellate Court Reverses Animal Cruelty ConvictionsAkron Legal News

Ohio Man Accused of Committing 10 Felonies against 7 People in 21 MinutesCNN Wire

I-Team: What’s Next in Court for Local Football Players Charged in Hazing, Sexual Assaults?Cleveland WJW-TV

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Settle with Man Who Did 23 Years for Murder Conviction That Was OverturnedCleveland Plain Dealer

City Pays South Side Family $60,000 for Improper Arrest, SearchColumbus Dispatch

‘Holistic’ Judge Grants Early Release of D.C. Attorney Who Served Six Months for Repeatedly Sexually Abusing Fairview Park BoyCleveland Plain Dealer

Juvenile Judge Asks for $40,000 in Additional FundingKnoxville Pages

Taking Time for ‘Good Deeds’Delaware Gazette

Donini Claims Severe Overcrowding at County JailPortsmouth Daily Times

Project Has Detention Youth Construct ProstheticsAkron Legal News

Franklin County Sheriff's Office Focuses on Mental Health; Helped More Than 400 Since JanuaryColumbus WBNS-TV

Traffic Camera Effort Still OnLisbon Morning Journal

One School District Begins Random Drug Tests, Another Considers IssueDayton Daily News

High-Level Talks Could Result in the Release of 500 Inmates from Cuyahoga County Jail, Sources SayCleveland Plain Dealer

Advocates Want Ohio Driver's License Amnesty Program to ContinueColumbus WOSU Radio

Could DeWine’s Red-Flag Proposal Clear Ohio Legislature?Columbus Dispatch

Will Ohio Lawmakers Support 'Red Flag' Law? We Asked Them AllToledo Blade

Ohio Lawmaker Suggests Using Confiscated Fentanyl for ExecutionsCincinnati WVXU Radio

Tennessee Inmate Executed In Electric Chair for KillingsAssociated Press


AUGUST 15, 2019

Bratenahl Village Council’s Secret Ballot Vote Was Illegal, Ohio Supreme Court RulesCleveland Plain Dealer

Ohio Supreme Court: Secret Ballots for Public Business Violate State LawAssociated Press

Former Ohio Judge Who Wrongly Defined Rape, Made Demeaning Comments Gets SuspensionABA Journal

Supreme Court of Ohio Dismisses Pawnbroker Case as Improvidently Accepted. Danopulos v. Am. Trading II, L.L.C.Legally Speaking Ohio

Water Company, State Panel File Court PapersWarren Tribune Chronicle

East Cleveland School Board Lawsuit against Ohio Department of Education on HoldElyria Chronicle Telegram

Lake County Appeals Teacher’s Overturned Sentence in Sex CaseWilloughby News-Herald

Gunman Gets 30 Years to Life for Fatal Shooting Committed as JuvenileColumbus Dispatch

Jury Recommends Death Sentence in Killings of 4-Year-Old Daughter, Ex-GirlfriendColumbus Dispatch

Ex-Inmate Sentenced to Die in Prison Pen Pal Double SlayingAssociated Press

Mount Vernon Man Admits to 1985 Slaying, Gets Eight Years in Plea DealColumbus Dispatch

Ex-Ohio State Football Player Roy Hall, Accused of Misusing Foundation Donations, Settles with State, But Yost Shields DetailsColumbus Dispatch

Woman Faces Court Dates after Threatening Judge and FamilyYoungstown Vindicator

Madeira Asks Judge to Reinstate Its Lawsuit against CriticCincinnati Enquirer

Longtime Mahoning Cty. Asst. Prosecutor, Judge RememberedAkron Legal News

Butler County Judge to Run for Ohio’s 12th District Court of AppealsDayton Daily News

Ohio Governor Wants to Detain Fewer Mentally Ill People before TrialThe Appeal

Backers Tout Program Helping Ohio Drivers Get Licenses ReinstatedAssociated Press

Fentanyl as Ohio’s Lethal-Injection Drug? Wait until You Hear What Opioid Crisis Watchers SayCincinnati Enquirer

Judge: Continued Drug Use of Friend of Dayton Shooter ‘Had Dire Consequences’Cincinnati Enquirer

The Supreme Court’s Second Amendment AppetiteNew York Times Opinion


AUGUST 14, 2019

Ohio Supreme Court: Secret Ballot Voting Violates Open Meetings ActCincinnati WXIX-TV

Ohio Supreme Court Suspends Former Lorain County Judge’s Law License, Stems from 2015 Misconduct ConvictionCleveland Plain Dealer

Family Treatment Court ContinuesMartins Ferry Times Leader

Erie County Applying for Family Drug CourtSandusky Register

Jury Deliberates Life Sentence or Death Penalty for Man Who Killed 4-Year-Old Daughter, Her MotherColumbus WBNS-TV

Competency Remains at Issue for Portage County Man Accused of Killing WifeAkron Beacon Journal

Judge Re-Issues Ruling in Favor of Transit Union in Contract DisputeToledo Blade

Friend of Ohio Shooter Due in Court for Detention HearingAssociated Press

Judge Sentences Central-City Man to Mental Health Programming for Making ThreatsToledo Blade

Washington D.C.-Area Attorney Who Sexually Abused Fairview Park Boy Could Be Released from Prison after Serving Six MonthsCleveland Plain Dealer

Beloved Akron Trust and Estate Attorney RememberedAkron Legal News

Allen County Turns to State during Attorney ‘Crunch’Lima News

Ohio Lawmaker Proposes Using Seized Fentanyl in ExecutionsCincinnati Enquirer

Little-Known Program Helps Those Returning from PrisonLima News

The Case for Lifting Ohio’s Statute of Limitations on RapeCleveland Plain Dealer Editorial

Ohio AG: ‘Legislature Did Not Legalize Marijuana’Toledo Blade

Issues with Cuyahoga County Jail Computer System Contributed to Inmate’s Mistaken Release, Fired Officer SaysCleveland Plain Dealer

When Judges Ignore the LawWest Virginia Record

‘Nobody’s Sure if It Will Work or How’: A Review of How a Cleveland Judge Is Handling 2,000 Opioid LawsuitsLegal Newsline


AUGUST 13, 2019

Ohio Supreme Court Suspends Former Lorain County JudgeElyria Chronicle-Telegram

Former Ohio Judge Suspended from Law after Improper Rape Acquittal, Years of MisconductCincinnati Enquirer

Avon Lake Attorney Reinstated after Felony ConvictionLorain Morning Journal

Attorneys for Drouhard, Hospital File with Ohio Supreme CourtMorrow County Sentinel

Randy Law to Appeal Removal from BallotWarren Tribune Chronicle

‘That Crosses a Line’: The American Bar Warns that Judges Face Increasing Threats amid Trump’s AttacksAlterNet

Cleveland’s Fire Union Says Court Cases Support Their Demand for Fire Chief’s OusterCleveland Plain Dealer

Girard Appeals County Judge’s OrderYoungstown Vindicator

Teen’s Trial Set in Shooting Death of Sylvia McGeeCanton Repository

Martins Ferry Hitchhiker Turned Kidnapper SentencedSteubenville WTOV-TV

Complaint Filed against Hamilton Co. Prosecutor’s Office in Connection with Tracie Hunter CaseCincinnati WXIX-TV

Suspended Pike County Sheriff Gets February Trial DatePortsmouth Daily Times

Program Aims to Make Teen Traffic Offenders Safer DriversColumbus Dispatch

Attorney General Shuts down Proposed Referendum to Overturn Ohio’s New Nuclear Bailout LawCleveland Plain Dealer

Medina Courthouse Initiative Petition Fails to Gather Enough Signatures for November BallotCleveland Plain Dealer

Richland Veteran Mentor Program & Mansfield Municipal Court’s Cornhole Tourney Set for Aug. 18Richland Source

Shedding Light on Alleged Gun Offenders, and How the Courts Handle ThemChicago Tribune Editorial

Analysis Shows Large Decline in Criminal Sentencing Race GapOhio State News

Overdoses: Some Neighborhoods in, around Cincinnati Hit Harder This SummerCincinnati Enquirer

Suspicious Powder at Toledo Federal Courthouse: Artificial SweetenerToledo Blade

Attorney General Dave Yost Wants Good Settlement for Ohio from Opioid CrisisCleveland WEWS-TV


AUGUST 12, 2019

Cleveland-Area Attorney Convicted of Trying to Bribe Client’s Sexual Assault Victims Gets Law License BackCleveland Plain Dealer

What’s on Their Minds: Can Juvenile Adjudication Satisfy Elements of Adult Failure to Register Conviction? State of Ohio v. Robert ButteryLegally Speaking Ohio

Referendum on Bailout of Nuclear Plants Unconstitutional, Attorney ClaimsColumbus Dispatch

WV Bar Association to Hold 133rd Annual Meeting in WheelingWV News

Former Casey Anthony Attorney Files Motion to Represent Dr. William HuselColumbus Dispatch

Action to Remove 2 Liberty Township Trustees DismissedColumbus Dispatch

Jury Awards $50 Million to Man Beaten, Locked in East Cleveland Police Department Storage RoomCleveland Plain Dealer

Judge Explains Changes to Ohio Sentencing RequirementsSteubenville WTOV-TV

Judge Hears Case against Columbia Gas in 2014 Portsmouth House ExplosionColumbus Dispatch

DeWine Addresses Ohio Lawyers about Dayton, Gun ControlCleveland Jewish News

Butler County Now Voluntarily Housing Low-Level Felony Offenders in Its JailCincinnati WCPO-TV

Ohio Restaurant Gives Convicts a Second ChanceAssociated Press

Ohio Sues Opioid Makers, Distributors — While Giving Them Large Tax BreaksColumbus Dispatch

Police Dogs Can’t Tell the Difference between Hemp and MarijuanaColumbus Dispatch

Wisconsin Police Planning to Fight Teen Sexting with Hefty FinesABC News

Judicial Follies: Knowing It When You See ItUkiah (CA) Daily Journal Column

Firearms Cases Loom Before Supreme Court after Deadly SummerWashington Examiner


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