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JUNE 24, 2019

Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Planned Huron County Wind FarmSandusky Register

NKY Attorney Says She Gave Incarcerated Boyfriend $11. She Faces Possible 6-Month SuspensionCincinnati Enquirer

Correction: Lawyer Gave Inmate Cash StoryAssociated Press

New Ohio Motto: With the PUCO, All Things Are Possible - for Utilities: Thomas SuddesCleveland Plain Dealer Column

Summit County Drug Defendant Who Represented Himself Gets New TrialAkron Legal News

Lazzerini Jurors Didn’t Believe Defense WitnessesCanton Repository

Newton Falls Dog Attacks on Woman, Cat Produce Complicated Civil LitigationYoungstown Vindicator

Former Mahoning County Judge Tim Franken DiesYoungstown Vindicator

Goslee Submits Resignation LetterBellefontaine Examiner

Record-Sealing Clinic Slated for July 2 in New LexZanesville Times Recorder

Licking County Prosecutor's Office Moving to Annex BuildingNewark Advocate

New Akron Police Unit Delves into 20 Years of Unsolved RapesAkron Beacon Journal

House OKs Bill Aimed at Addressing Public Defender ShortageAssociated Press

Public Defender Loan Repayment Program Could Cost $3 Million over Two YearsThe Center Square

Notorious Butler County Homicide Spotlighted on National True Crime ShowDayton Daily News

Reagan Tokes Case to be Featured on 'Dateline' EpisodeToledo Blade

Wean Foundation Funds Grant to Address Mass IncarcerationYoungstown Vindicator

Urgent Care: How Attorneys Are Battling the Opioid CrisisLaw360

Get This: Georgia Sheriff Steps in after 140 People Skipped Jury DutyAssociated Press

Supreme Court Faces 12 Decisions This Week, Including Census Citizenship Question and Partisan GerrymanderingUSA Today


JUNE 21, 2019

FirstEnergy Rider Lacks Incentive - Akron Beacon Journal Editorial

What’s on Their Minds: Is Negligent Hiring, Training and Supervision of Employees an Exception to Political Subdivision Immunity? Renee McConnell et al v. Donald C. Dudley, Jr. et al.Legally Speaking Ohio

Kentucky Lawyer May Be Suspended for Giving Inmate $11Associated Press

Ohio Court of Appeals Addresses Interplay of Oil and Gas Lease and Statutory Unitization Order - Lexology

Is Akron Man Accused of Starting Fires that Killed 9 Mentally Fit to Stand Trial? - Akron Beacon Journal

Ohio Sheriff Charged with Releasing Confidential Abuse ReportsAssociated Press

Driver’s License Reinstatement Clinic Offered June 27 - Newark Advocate

County Court to Host Driver’s License Reinstatement ClinicPomeroy Daily Sentinel

New Judge Appointed to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court BenchCleveland Plain Dealer

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Video Is a Worthy Tool for Reaching Just Verdicts, ConclusionsColumbus Dispatch Editorial

Phone Scam: Warrants Never Served by Phone, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Says - Cincinnati Enquirer

TrialLine Creates Cloud-Based Timelines from Any Device - Technology for Lawyers Column, Akron Legal News

Tremont Carjacker Has Sentenced Reduced following Appeals Court Ruling, Trump-Signed Criminal Justice Reform Bill - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Appeals Court Blasts Cleveland Judge’s Secrecy in Opioid Litigation, Decision to Block Public Release of DEA Painkiller Data - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Supreme Court Tosses Black Man’s Murder Conviction over Racial Bias - Associated Press


JUNE 20, 2019

Ohio Supreme Court Declares FirstEnergy’s Grid Fee Illegal - Associated Press

Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down FirstEnergy Grid FeeColumbus WOSU Public Radio

Sarver Violates Ohio Rules of Professional ConductLogan Daily News

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Assn. Announces Award Winners - Cleveland Jewish News

Wright State Alum Anne Fife Produces Documentary Detailing Quest by Ohio Courts to Help Drug Users - Wright State University Newsroom

Colerain Township Man Sentenced in Daughter’s Death ‘Poster Child’ for Drug Dealers with KidsCincinnati Enquirer

Mayor of Jackson, Ohio, Facing 10-Count Indictment - Charleston (WV) WCHS-TV

Marion Resolves $100k Funding Dispute with Municipal CourtMarion Star

Amnesty Day to Help Waive Costs of License ReinstatementElyria Chronicle-Telegram

Ohio Counties Encouraged by Proposed State Money for Indigent DefenseNewark Advocate

Legislation Could Weaken Push for HelpWarren Tribune Chronicle Editorial

Ohio House Passes Treatment over Prison for Nonviolent Drug Offenses - Kent WKSU Public Radio

Ohio House Votes to Expand Drug Treatment Options for Offenders - Dayton Daily News

Ohio House Votes to Push Drug Treatment over Incarceration - Toledo Blade

Senate Says No to Halting County Auditor’s Oversight of Court Bills - Chagrin Valley Today

‘I Will Die’ without it: Hamilton County Jail Offers Addicted Inmates Meds Behind Bars - Cincinnati Enquirer

Inmates Embrace Treatment in Jail to Battle AddictionCincinnati Enquirer Picture Gallery

Someone Threatened to Kill Cuyahoga County Jail Officers if another Inmate Dies - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Probation, Not Prison, for a Fourth Drunken Driving Conviction? In Wisconsin, It’s a Common SentenceMilwaukee (WI) Journal Sentinel

Supreme Court’s Top Cases of 2019 - USA Today


JUNE 19, 2019

Ohio Supreme Court Nixes FirstEnergy Electric Grid Charge - Cleveland Plain Dealer

FirstEnergy Ordered to Remove ‘Modernization’ FeeYoungstown WFMJ-TV

Weighing Disbarment, Court Rejects Tattoogate Lawyer’s Attempt to ResignColumbus Dispatch

Law License Suspension Recommended for Former Lorain County Attorney - Elyria Chronicle-Telegram

Community Opioid Summit Set for Friday - Youngstown Business Journal

Ex-Deputy Released on Appellate Bond with ConditionsToledo Blade

Lawyers for Mount Carmel, Husel Want Civil Lawsuits Postponed Until after Murder Trial - Columbus Dispatch

Mount Carmel Seeks Pause in Lawsuits over Husel Deaths, Medicare Accepts Corrections at WestColumbus Business First

Ohio Ex-Doctor Convicted on 187 Counts over Pain Pill PrescriptionsCanton Repository

Dad Sentenced for Overdose Death of 1-Year-OldCincinnati WXIX-TV

CATCH Court Provides Beacon of Hope for Human Trafficking VictimsColumbus Dispatch

Belmont County Approved to Operate Veterans Treatment Court - Wheeling (WV) WTRF-TV

Belmont County Veterans Court Opens - Martins Ferry Times Leader

Prosecutor Calls into Question State Probe of Cases Tried by Former County Judge - Portsmouth Daily Times

Stunned over Sentence in Chiropractor Sex Abuse Case, Ohio Lawmakers Propose Changes - Columbus WBNS-TV

Here’s How a Murder Suspect Managed to Get Released by Mistake from the Cuyahoga County Jail - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Local Lawmakers Propose More Protections for Sexual Assault Victims of DoctorsColumbus Dispatch

Cuyahoga County Lawmakers Call for Reforms in Response to Deaths at Cuyahoga County Jail - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cleveland Settles Lawsuit with Living Victims of Serial Killer Anthony Sowell, Refuses to Disclose AmountCleveland Plain Dealer

Court Denies another Appeal for Convicted Killer Claudia Hoerig - Youngstown WKBN-TV

Lawsuit against Tire-Chalking for Parking Enforcement Wins another Round in


JUNE 18, 2019

Ohio Abortion Clinic’s Fate in Hands of State’s High Court - Associated Press

Chief Justice O’Connor Says Senate Drug Sentencing Bill Is LackingToledo Blade

U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Consider Case of Murdered Warren CoupleYoungstown WFMJ-TV

Lazzerini Verdicts in, Judge Going through Forms - Canton Repository

Attorney Blames State for ‘Miscarriage of Justice’ that Landed 20 Year-Old in Prison - Y-City News

Hamilton Mother Accused of Smothering Infant Daughter Found Competent for TrialCincinnati WCPO-TV

Man Accused of Throwing Iguana in Restaurant Is Found Competent for Trial - Associated Press

Cleveland Man Gets Life Sentence in Woman’s Beating Death as Investigators Look for AccomplicesCleveland Plain Dealer

Woman Charged in Friend’s Overdose Death Appears in CourtSteubenville WTOV-TV

Belmont County Introduces Veterans Honor CourtSteubenville WTOV-TV

Stow Court to Offer Driver’s License Clinic FridayAkron Beacon Journal

Family Struggled to Find Mental-Health Services for Cleveland Woman Accused of Beating Mother to Death with Hammer - Cleveland Plain Dealer

‘Kids Behind Bars’ Wonders whether Some Can Ever Be Set Free - Boston Herald

We Must Listen to the Lessons of the Central Park 5 Case - New York Law Journal

Cuyahoga County Jail Released another Inmate by Mistake, This Time a Murder Suspect - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Coil Named New Washington County Prosecutor - Marietta Times

Cuyahoga County Approves Secret Deal to Spend $100k on SoftwareCleveland Plain Dealer

Bill Would Require Police to Record Interrogations of Murder Suspects - Columbus Dispatch

Supreme Court Avoids New Case over Same-Sex Wedding CakeAssociated Press


JUNE 17, 2019

Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Ottawa County Juvenile Rape Case - Sandusky Register

What’s on Their Minds: Is a Single $200 Payment Enough to Satisfy “Maintenance and Support” within the Meaning of R.C. 3107.07(A)? In Re Adoption of A.C.B.Legally Speaking Ohio

11th Districts Reverses Trumbull County Legal Malpractice CaseAkron Legal News

Slain Teen’s Mother: Killer’s Sentence ‘Should Terrify Thousands’ - Dayton Daily News

Attacker in 1988 Case Seeks Parole - Warren Tribune Chronicle

Court Backlog Puts New Marion Clerk ‘Years Behind’Marion Star

Summit Court Employees Go to Prison to Learn about Programs - Akron Beacon Journal

New State Law Will Cause More Work for Municipal CourtsYoungstown Vindicator

Ohio’s Warrants System Due for OverhaulSandusky Register

Trumbull Commissioners Switch to Court Appointed System July 1 for Common Pleas CourtYoungstown Vindicator

Investigation Found Fault with Two Trumbull Public Defender’s EmployeesYoungstown Vindicator

Suit: Clermont County Officers Beat Defenseless Inmate, Breaking His Spine in Three PlacesCincinnati Enquirer

Butler County Jail Birth Puts Spotlight on Pregnant Inmates and Their Care - Hamilton Journal-News

Hudson Father Devotes Life to Fighting Opioid Epidemic after Son Dies from Overdose - Akron Beacon Journal

Mediation Talks Begin in Ohio State Abuse Lawsuits - Columbus WOSU Public Radio

Municipalities Seek Leverage in Opioid Suits - Associated Press

Alaska Supreme Court Rules State Sex Offender Registry Law Unconstitutional - Fox News

Alabama Orders ‘Chemical Castration’ of Some Child MolestersAssociated Press


JUNE 14, 2019

Ohio Supreme Court Ruling Goes against Danny Hill regarding Bite Mark Evidence - Youngstown Vindicator

Ohio’s Top Court Refuses to Hear Hill AppealWarren Tribune Chronicle

9th District Appellate Court Reverses Marijuana Grow ConvictionAkron Legal News

Judge Releases Former Warren Teacher Early from Prison but Says He Must Apologize - Youngstown Vindicator

Jury Convicts Parma Heights Parolee in Pen-Pal Slayings; Death Penalty Phase Awaits - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Pike County Massacre: Grandmother Final Pretrial Hearing FridayCincinnati WXIX-TV

Ashland Murder Suspects Allegedly Planned to ‘Make a Statement’ - New Philadelphia Times Reporter

Local Municipal Courts Preparing for Changes to State’s Speed Camera LawYoungstown WYTV-TV

Ohio’s Courts among Most Assertive in Addressing Mental Health IssuesAkron Legal News

Judges, Law Enforcement Devise Strategy for Veterans Treatment CourtsAkron Legal News

ODs down in Lawrence County; Officials Cite Drug Court, QRTHuntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

Lorain County Probate Judge Receives Meritorious AwardLorain Morning Journal

Three Candidates in Running to Replace Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Pamela Barker, Sources Say - Cleveland Plain Dealer

30 Months in Prison for Ex Sebring Judge - Salem News

State to Review up to 2,700 Court Cases after Allegations of Judge’s Alcoholisms - Cincinnati Enquirer

Ohio to Review 2,700 Court Cases Overseen by Allegedly Alcoholic Judge - The Crime Report

Commissioners Get Good News about State Funds - Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune

‘I Thought about Killing Myself’: Magistrate Fired by Judge Claims Religious DiscriminationCincinnati Enquirer

Ohio Jury Hits Oberlin College with Ferocious (and Illegal) Punitive Damages - Forbes

Ohio Fights Not Just Oberlin, but the Mold of the College MobWashington Examiner Opinion

Gibson’s Bakery Awarded More than $33 Million in Damages from Oberlin College; Total Awarded Exceeds $40 Million - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jury Hits Oberlin College with a Total $44.2 Million in DamagesToledo Blade

Strengthen Ohio Communities by Reforming Drug Sentencing Laws - Ashtabula Star Beacon Guest Opinion

Ballot Issue on Background Checks for Guns Makes SenseColumbus Dispatch Editorial


JUNE 13, 2019

100 Years Later, Ohio’s Track Record of Electing Female Leaders Remains Abysmal - Cincinnati Enquirer

Cuyahoga County Defense Lawyer Roger Synenberg Admits to Sending ‘Snitch’ Letter to Key WitnessCleveland Jewish News

Improving Jail InspectionsGreenville Daily Advocate

Moundbuilders’ Attorneys File Appeal against Judge’s Eminent Domain Ruling - Newark Advocate

Oberlin College, Gibson’s Bakery Make Arguments about Punitive Damages - Toledo Blade

The $11 Million Libel Verdict against Oberlin College Is a Threat to Colleges NationwideForbes Opinion

Judge, County Auditors at Odds over Checks on Court - Chagrin Valley Today

County Weighs Public Defender OptionsWarren Tribune Chronicle

Ohio’s Most WantedToledo Blade Editorial

Sponsor of Failed Online School ECOT Settles with State for $879,000Toledo Blade

Cuyahoga County Jail Officer’s Union Supports Ohio Gov.’s Increased OversightCleveland Plain Dealer

Criminal Justice and Mental HealthColumbus WOSU Radio

Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana in Cincinnati - Cincinnati Business Courier

For Black Men, Marijuana No Longer a Gateway to Jail - Cincinnati Enquirer Opinion

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman Chosen for Study Group on Federally Prosecuting Domestic Abusers - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Attorneys Discuss the Keys to Establishing a Successful Negligence Claim - Akron Legal News

U.S. Senate Approves Pamela Barker for Cleveland Federal Judgeship - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Federal Judge Awards $4 Million over Neo-Nazi WebsiteAssociated Press

Is Your DNA Snitching on Your Family? Family DNA Is Changing How Police Solve Cold Cases like the ‘Geauga’s Child’ - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Idaho Court: Officer Didn’t See Misdemeanor? Arrest Not OKAssociated Press


JUNE 12, 2019

Ohio Supreme Court to Hear Case of Coitsville Police Cruiser Crash - Youngstown WFMJ-TV

Jam for Justice Fundraiser Features Lawyers and Judges in ConcertCleveland Plain Dealer

Pike County Massacre: First Trial Date in the Massacre of 8 in FamilyCincinnati Enquirer

Trumbull Prosecutor Keeps Promise, Asks Parole Board Let Claudia Hoerig Go Free by 2046 - Youngstown Vindicator

Lawyers Fees in Dispute over Angley’s Cathedral Buffet Auction Settlement - Akron Beacon Journal

Judge Rejects Oberlin College’s Plea for Retrial in Gibson’s Bakery CaseToledo Blade

The Retired Engineer Who Gave Marijuana to Sick People Avoided Prison Today, but Said He Wouldn’t Do Anything Different - Cincinnati Enquirer

Quadriplegic Akron Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Orchestrating Drug Deals from BedCleveland Plain Dealer

ECOT Sponsor Agrees to Repay the State $879,000Columbus Dispatch

Civil Rights Lawsuit Will Be Filed for Inmate Strapped to Chair and Pummeled by Cuyahoga County Jail Officers, Attorney SaysCleveland Plain Dealer

Franklin County Municipal Court Closed Wednesday by Waterline BreakColumbus Dispatch

Weathersfield OKs Speed Camera RevisionsWarren Tribune Chronicle

FOP Says Deputy Staffing and Radios at Jail and Domestic/ Juvenile Courts Are Safety Risk - Columbus Dispatch

FOP: Staffing at Franklin County Courthouse, Jail Poses Risk to Officers, Public - Columbus WBNS-TV

Event Features Documentary, Experts on Untested Rape Kits - Akron Beacon Journal

Death Penalty Bill Creates Loophole - Warren Tribune Chronicle

Time for Ohio’s ‘Next Step’ on Criminal Justice Reform - Cleveland Plain Dealer Opinion

Free Legal Aid Services OfferedWarren Tribune Chronicle

Former Ohio BWC Administrator Morrison Confirmed as Federal Judge - Columbus Dispatch

Judge to Determine Damages against New-Nazi WebsiteWashington Post


JUNE 11, 2019

Lorain Attorney Suspended for Losing Client’s Settlement CheckAkron Legal News

Attorneys for Woman Allegedly Tortured in Jail, File Complaint with Supreme CourtCleveland WJW-TV

Pike County Massacre: First Trial Date in the Massacre of 8 in FamilyCincinnati Enquirer

Convicted Serial Killer Shawn Grate Arraigned on New Murder Charges in Marion CountyColumbus WBNS-TV

Gail Eastwood-Ritchey of Euclid, Accused of Killing ‘Geauga's Child,’ Makes First Court AppearanceWilloughby News-Herald

Doctor Accused of Murder in 25 Patient Overdose DeathsAssociated Press

Prosecutors: A Greedy Lazzerini ‘Jeopardized’ Patients’ HealthCanton Repository

Lawyer’s Attempt to Refer Roger Synenberg to Treatment Program over ‘Snitch’ Letter Backfires, Elicits Judge’s IreCleveland Plain Dealer

The Bipartisan Bill Would Make It Easier for Ohioans to Expunge Past CrimesYoungstown Vindicator

New Bill Would Allow Some Convicts to Have Records ExpungedColumbus WSYX-TV

Commissioners Praise Indigent Defense Budget ProposalGallipolis Daily Tribune

Advocacy Group: More Needs to Be Done to Protect Domestic Violence VictimsColumbus WSYX-TV

Should Parents Get a Text When Kids Are Pulled over?Toledo Blade Editorial

Commissioners Looking at New Online Filing System for the ProsecutorMansfield News Journal

Senate Confirms UA Law Professor as Federal Claims Court JudgeAkron Beacon Journal

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear International Child Custody Dispute from Cleveland AreaCleveland Plain Dealer

Police Who Stopped Fleeing Black Man after Gun Tip Didn’t Have Reason to Stop Him, 9th Circuit SaysABA Journal


JUNE 10, 2019

Woman’s Speedy-Trial Challenge Overturned; Convictions ReinstatedAkron Legal News

Township Claims Immunity for Police Crash during PursuitAkron Legal News

Ohio Supreme Court Disbars Attorney with Prior Discipline RecordLegal Reader

Ohio Courts Look to Higher Achievements for Veterans CourtsAkron Legal News

What’s on Their Minds: Is a Bank a Victim of a Forged Check? State of Ohio v. Zachary C. AllenLegally Speaking Ohio

9th District: No New Mitigation Trial in Akron MurderAkron Legal News

Steve Kraus Gives up Appealing Criminal ConvictionSandusky Register

A Trial of Dr. William Husel Might Hinge on Medical Experts, Details of Each PatientColumbus Dispatch

Gibson’s Bakery Awarded More than $11 Million in Years-Long Legal Battle with Oberlin CollegeCleveland Plain Dealer

Mother of ‘Geauga’s Child’ Makes Court Appearance 26 Years after Her Baby Was Found DeadCleveland Plain Dealer

After Heated Words, Special Prosecutor to Take over Child Rape CaseCincinnati Enquirer

Pike County Murders: Wagner Brothers to Appear for Pretrial Hearings TodayDayton Daily News

SOS Court up & RunningEast Liverpool Review

New Probation Program Kicks off in Summit CountyAkron Beacon Journal

Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer to Speak at Brentwood for Lunch and LearnAkron Legal News

What Does “Serious Youthful Offender” Mean in the Court System?Canton Repository

Architects? Teachers? Who Makes the Best Jurors?Akron Beacon Journal

‘A Normal Life’: Recovering Addict Works for Center He Says Changed LifeNewark Advocate

Ohio Gov. Puts Unprecedented State Scrutiny on Cuyahoga County JailCleveland Plain Dealer

Amid Deaths and Violations at Cleveland Jail, Ohio Governor Plans to Increase OversightNew York Times

Ohio Bills Would Lift Marital Exemptions, Statute of Limitations on RapeCleveland Plain Dealer

NO: Police Will Have Harder Time Distinguishing the Bad GuysColumbus Dispatch Guest Column

Give up Your Password or Go to Jail: Police Push Legal Boundaries to Get into CellphonesNBC News

Would More Cameras Help Canton Fight Crime?Canton Repository

Judicial Review Solves a Problem of PowerThe Atlantic

Justice Ginsburg Says Deep Divisions on the Way, and Supreme Court Watchers Look for CluesWashington Post


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