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DECEMBER 19, 2014

Looking Back on 2014 at the Ohio Supreme CourtColumbus WCBE-Radio

Avon Lake Attorney Placed on Interim Default Suspension after Felony ConvictionLorain Morning Journal

Girts Wins Appeal of SentenceYoungstown Vindicator

Appeal is Denied for Man Who Held Ex-Girlfriend’s Son in Garage at GunpointColumbus Daily Reporter

Man Who Set His Home on Fire after Marital Dispute Loses AppealColumbus Daily Reporter

Court to Determine Status of Murderer Who Spent Time in Mental HospitalColumbus Daily Reporter

Sentencing Commission Gains New DirectorColumbus Dispatch

Obstructed BreathingPiqua Daily Call Justice P. Pfeifer Column

Prosecutors: Tracie Hunter Should Be JailedCincinnati Enquirer

Lucas County Advances Drug Court ConceptToledo Blade

Ohio Panel: Davis Had No Election ViolationsToledo Blade

Keep Politics and Judicial Fundraising Out of CourtroomsCleveland Plain Dealer Guest Column

Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty is Pulling a Stunt that Could Cost Us MillionsCleveland Plain Dealer Guest Column

Grendell Elected Secretary for State Juvenile Judges AssociationWilloughby News Herald

Ethics Inquiry Leads to Federal Judge’s Resignation as Ohio State TrusteeColumbus Dispatch

Judge Recuses Self from Cases Involving Accused Sheffield AttorneyElyria Chronicle Telegram

Did Lawyer Put Clients in Trance for Sex?CNN Headline News

Negligence Lawsuit Filed Against Original Lawyers in Howie Chizek Estate HandlingAkron Beacon Journal

County Constable Honored by State OrganizationBowling Green Sentinel Tribune

Here Are Cincinnati’s Largest Legal Judgments of 2014Cincinnati Business Courier

Same-Sex Divorce Vacated because Marriage Legally InvalidAthens Messenger

Local Attorney Who Represented Milligan Shocked by DeathAthens Messenger

Escaped Inmate Caught after 22 years on the LamColumbus Dispatch

Scalia, Kagan: Common Ground Often Trumps IdeologyAssociated Press


DECEMBER 18, 2014

High Court Votes 4-3 that Toledo’s Use of Traffic Cameras is ConstitutionalToledo Blade

Cardington Employee Not Whistleblower-QualifiedMarion Star

Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Angela Stokes Temporarily Loses Law LicenseCleveland Plain Dealer

Powell Sticks to Its Guns, Calls Charter Change UnconstitutionalOlentangy Valley News

Man Who Set Couch Ablaze with Sleeping Girlfriend, Daughters Nearby Loses AppealColumbus Daily Reporter

Appeal Denied for Man Who Declared Himself a RobberColumbus Daily Reporter

Man Found with Two Duffel Bags of Marijuana Loses AppealColumbus Daily Reporter

Sixth Circuit Affirms 210-Month Sentence for Man Who Conspired to Distribute HeroinColumbus Daily Reporter

State Board Recommends that Former Judge Steven Terry Be Permanently DisbarredCleveland Plain Dealer

Unfulfilled PromiseColumbus Dispatch Editorial

State Senator Fined by Court for Filing ‘Glitch’Dayton Daily News

Pipelines Can Cause Long-Term Problems for FarmersBowling Green Sentinel Letter to the Editor

Summit GOP Recommends Judicial Candidates for Barberton Municipal CourtAkron Beacon Journal

State Execution Drug Bill Will Be Sent to GovernorToledo Blade

Ohio Executed 1 in 2014; U.S. Tally Down 10%Columbus Dispatch

Should Bela Die because His Owner Did?Cincinnati Enquirer


DECEMBER 17, 2014

Appeal Denied for Man Who Set His Mother’s House on FireColumbus Daily Reporter

Menacing Conviction from Grass Seed Spreading Incident Upheld by Appellate CourtColumbus Daily Reporter

Man with Multiple OVIs Who Drove into Fence Loses AppealColumbus Daily Reporter

Appeals Court Rules Man’s Lingering Probation Period Was UnlawfulColumbus Daily Reporter

Indefinite Suspension Recommended for Lawyer Convicted on Child Porn ChargesColumbus Dispatch

Good JudgmentAshtabula Star Beacon Editorial

Franklin Starts Action for Full-Time CourtDayton WHIO-TV

Online Training Can Help Open Ohio’s Public RecordsSecond Item, Columbus Dispatch Editorial

Juvenile CourtSecond Item, Perry Tribune

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski to Remain Administrative Judge for 2015Lorain Morning Journal

Robert Charles “Bob” RobertsSalem News

Prosecutor McGinty Needs to Show a Greater Willingness to Cooperate on Court ReformCleveland Plain Dealer Editorial

Commissioners OK Building Purchase for Adult ProbationNewark Advocate

Ryan Widmer Still Seeking FreedomDayton Daily News

Akron Man Exonerated in 1993 Murder Celebrates Baptism; Dewey Jones III Calls Day ‘a New Beginning’Akron Beacon Journal

The Bipartisan Redistricting Reform Proposal: What You Need to KnowCleveland Plain Dealer

In Cleveland, Road to Recovery on Policing is Filled with Challenges, EntrenchmentWashington Post

Predicting Supreme Court Ruling – with SoftwareCBS News


DECEMBER 16, 2014

Court Upholds Death Sentence for Cincinnati ManAssociated Press

Appeals Court Upholds Conviction of Lorain Sex OffenderLorain Morning Journal

Convicted Elyria Arsonist’s Appeal for New Trial DeniedLorain Morning Journal

Man Who Shot and Killed Robbery Victim Loses AppealColumbus Daily Reporter

Court Rejects Double Jeopardy Claim; Man Involved in TV Theft Loses AppealColumbus Daily Reporter

Family of Executed Ohio Inmate Sues Expert WitnessAssociated Press

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty in Fatal Shooting of Akron Police Officer Justin WinebrennerAkron Beacon Journal

Wreaths across America Looks to Next YearCircleville Herald

Donning the RobesAshtabula Star Beacon

Alliance City Council Approves Wage Increases for Clerk of Court, Non-Bargaining EmployeesAlliance Review

Committee Agrees to Add Courthouse Body ScannersBryan Times

Court Rules Police May Make ‘Reasonable’ Mistakes in LawWashington Post

Law Firms’ Profit Projected to Grow by 5% in 2015Wall Street Journal Column


DECEMBER 15, 2014

Court: Some Schools' Inside Millage Moves Could Be IllegalSandusky Register

Former Bailiff Accuses Judge of Campaign ViolationsColumbus WBNS-TV

Court Affirms Lengthy Prison Term for Thief With Extensive Criminal BackgroundColumbus Daily Reporter

Heroin Dealer Forced to Forfeit $43,000 in Cash Found in His HomeColumbus Daily Reporter

Convicted Judge Seeks Bail, Sentence PostponementAssociated Press

Quick Takes (first item) – Weirton (W.VA.) Daily Times

Ohio Using Grant to Expand Family Drug CourtsAssociated Press

Court Programs Recognized By Ohio Supreme CourtMansfield WMFD-TV

A Journey Through the Drug CourtLancaster Eagle Gazette

Fairness is Judge-Elect’s TrademarkYoungstown Vindicator

Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts Andrea Rocco, Law Director Majeed Makhlouf Preparing to Leave CountyCleveland Plain Dealer

Up Close and Too Personal?Akron Beacon Journal Column

An Agenda for AddictionToledo Blade Editorial

Church Directory Court Case Has Some TwistsAthens Messenger

First Amendment Does Not Preclude Placement of Church DirectoryAthens Messenger Guest Column

Inviting Death With More ComplicationsAkron Beacon Journal Editorial

Sen. Turner, Born to Head Community-Police Relations Task ForceColumbus Dispatch

Re-Consideration?: State Courts Looking Hard at Contractual Threshold for NoncompetesNational Law Review

Supreme Court Allows Injunction in Arizona Abortion Case to StandChristian Science Monitor

State v. Santa Claus: St. Nicholas in the CourtsLas Vegas Informer


DECEMBER 12, 2014

Ancil Cross Appeal Gets RejectedJackson Times Journal

Kidnapping Conviction Upheld for Man Who Terrorized Women, ChildrenColumbus Daily Reporter

Appeal Denied for Man Who Argued Police, Attorneys Conspired Against HimColumbus Daily Reporter

Man Who Drove Into Ditch After Claiming Deer Was in Road Loses AppealColumbus Daily Reporter

Judges Rule Against Ex-Husband Who Didn't Leave Concert Despite Restraining OrderColumbus Daily Reporter

Conflicts and 'Candy Lists': Debates Continue Between County Judges, Defense Attorneys and Prosecutor Over Indigent Case AssignmentsCleveland Plain Dealer

Prosecutor Timothy McGinty Needs to Clarify His ‘Investigation’ Into How Judges Assign Attorneys, Administrative Judge SaysCleveland Plain Dealer

Hearing Officers Stripped of 5 Days Pay for Hot Tub PartyColumbus Dispatch

Trial Attorney Denny Thompson, 61, Recalled as Straight ShooterAkron Beacon Journal

Judges Announce Deputy Director of Adult Court ServicesNewark Advocate

First Juvenile Docket Transports Readers to a Bygone EraCanton Repository

Commissioners Adopt $58.4 Million Combined 2015 General and Justice Fund BudgetYoungstown Vindicator

Senate Approves Execution-Secrecy BillColumbus Dispatch

Lawmakers Strike Deal on RedistrictingColumbus Dispatch

Be Gone, Little Horse! Blue Ash Cracks Down AgainCincinnati Enquirer


DECEMBER 11, 2014

Appeals Ruling: 2012 Sobriety Checkpoint May Have Been Set Up ImproperlyMedina Gazette

Truck Driver Who Transported 500 Pounds of Pot Loses AppealColumbus Daily Reporter

Judges Rule Court Properly Denied Motion for Third Competency Evaluation in Less Than a YearColumbus Daily Reporter

Court of Appeals Upholds Murder Conviction That Resulted from ArgumentColumbus Daily Reporter

Report Seeks Changes in Wake of Harassment Allegations Against JudgeColumbus Dispatch

Investigation Continues Into Possible Misuse of Probation FundsElyria Chronicle Telegram

Judge Clark Remains on BenchGeorgetown Democrat

Ashtabula County GOP Almost Ready to Submit Judge ApplicantsAshtabula Star Beacon

Ohio Legislators OK Protection Orders for PetsColumbus Dispatch

Prosecutor: Chances of February Execution 'Nil'Associated Press

Defense Attorneys Say Prosecutor Timothy McGinty and His Office Should Be Disqualified from Michael Brelo CaseCleveland Plain Dealer

Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Resigns After ArrestDayton Daily News

Supreme Court Certifies Common Pleas Specialty DocketsMansfield News Journal

Summit County Courthouse Ready for Its Close-Up in Public Television SeriesAkron Beacon Journal

Mahoning Commissioners Solicit Bids for CourthouseYoungstown Vindicator

Ohio House Agrees on New Rules for Removing Officials Who Act Improperly With Taxpayer MoneyCanton Repository

Something’s Fishy in Criminal LawsCincinnati Enquirer Guest Column


DECEMBER 10, 2014

Man Involved in a Robbery That Ended With Murder Loses AppealColumbus Daily Reporter

Appeal Denied for Man Who Trafficked Heroin from Massachusetts to OhioColumbus Daily Reporter

Man Who Participated in an Attack With Three Others Loses His AppealColumbus Daily Reporter

Court Hears Arguments in L-B teacher AppealFindlay Courier

Hunter Not Allowed to Stay Free During AppealCincinnati Enquirer

Supporters Say 'Major Things' Will Happen if Hunter is Jailed Before AppealsCincinnati WLWT-TV

Prosecutors Won't Fight Attempts by 3 Men to Gain Millions for Wrongful Imprisonment of 1975 SlayingCleveland Plain Dealer

Puskarich Sworn in as President of the Ohio Association of Juvenile Court JudgesNew Philadelphia Times Reporter

Kasich Opposes Across-the-Board Pay Raise Proposal for Public OfficialsColumbus Dispatch Column

Cleveland Heights Eliminates Jobs, Considers Increasing Court Costs to Close $1 Million Budget GapCleveland Plain Dealer

Guardian Bill Hits Wall in Ohio Legislature Over AbortionColumbus Dispatch

Juvenile Court (second item) – Perry Tribune

Black Teenager Taken Out Of School, Jailed for Month Without Probable Cause, Lawsuit SaysHuffington Post

National Report Says Ohio Spends $202,502 Annually for Each Incarcerated YouthColumbus Dispatch

Dollree Mapp, Who Defied Police Search in Landmark Case, is DeadNew York Times


DECEMBER 9, 2014

Appeal Denied for Man Who Burned Handicapped Stepdaughter with Frying PanColumbus Daily Reporter

Man Who Sexually Assaulted Two Young Girls Loses AppealColumbus Daily Reporter

Appeals Court Rules Record in Firearms Case Will Not Be SealedColumbus Daily Reporter

Hunter Got Jail for Not Being QuietCincinnati Enquirer Guest Column

Justice Insider: Courtroom Outburst Might Not Help CaseFourth Item, Columbus Dispatch

Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Open Family Justice Center for Victims of AbuseCleveland Plain Dealer

Summit County Jail Might Release Prisoners to Balance the BudgetAkron Beacon Journal

‘My Battle Has Come to an End!’ Judge Throws Out the 1975 Murder Conviction of Ronnie BridgemanCleveland Plain Dealer

Judge’s Son Pleads Guilty in Two CasesYoungstown Vindicator

Don’t Suspend Licenses for PotCincinnati Enquirer Guest Column

Attorneys Who Sued BWC Net Big PaydayColumbus Dispatch

Louisiana Trails in Survey of Annual Spending on Jailed YouthNew Orleans Times Picayune

Study: Desires of Pre-Law Students May Differ from Law School RealityInsideCounsel Magazine


DECEMBER 8, 2014

Avon Lake Attorney Suspended following MisconductLorain Morning Journal

Court Threatens to Hold Hunter in ContemptCincinnati Enquirer

Douglas Prade to Remain in State Prison while High Court Considers Defense Request for New TrialAkron Beacon Journal

Runser’s Resignation as Attorney AcceptedDelphos Herald

Murderer Who Strangled Victim Loses AppealColumbus Daily Reporter

North Canton Initiative on Employees’ Health Coverage Ruled InvalidCanton Repository

Double Talk on Gay LifestyleLima News Letter to the Editor

Hunter Trial Spotlights Racial DivideCincinnati Enquirer

Prosecutor Timothy McGinty Gets Help in Push to Remove Attorney of Cleveland PatrolmanCleveland Plain Dealer

Court Procedures for Assigning Attorneys Still Ripe for ReformCleveland Plain Dealer Editorial

Robert T. Bennett | 1939-2014: ‘Giant’ of Ohio, National Politics Dies at 75Columbus Dispatch

What’s that Buzzing Sound? The Sheriff Has a DroneCincinnati Enquirer

Problems Outweigh Need for Speed on Execution Secrecy LawCleveland Plain Dealer Guest Column

House Bill 663 Helps Safe Guard Ohio Execution ProcessCleveland Plain Dealer Guest Column

Toledo, County Reach Deal on JailToledo Blade

In Wake of Eric Garner Case, Should Grand Jury System be Reformed?Christian Science Monitor


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