Oral Argument Preview: Is Ohio’s Statutory Death Penalty Sentencing Scheme Unconstitutional? State of Ohio v. Maurice Mason.

On January 23, 2018, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case, State of Ohio v. Maurice Mason, 2017-0200. At issue in the case is whether, under Ohio’s statutory scheme governing the death penalty, the … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Does A Juvenile Court’s Failure to Follow Procedures under Ohio’s Safe Harbor Law for Victims of Human Trafficking Invalidate the Juvenile’s Transfer to Adult Court? State of Ohio v. Alexis Martin.

On January 23, 2018, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case of State of Ohio v. Alexis Martin, 2016-1891. At issue in this case is whether a juvenile court’s failure to apply Ohio’s Safe … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Further Defining the Tort of Spoliation of Evidence. Kristin Elliott-Thomas v. David Kane Smith, et al.

On January 25, 2018, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in Kristen Elliott-Thomas v. David Kane Smith, et. al. 2017-0693. The issue in this case is whether the tort of spoliation of evidence includes claims of … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Parent’s Right to Counsel at Termination of Parental Rights Hearing. In re R.K.

“In a case in which we are asked to ratify the civil equivalent of the death penalty, we simply cannot accept absence as acquiesce.”

Justice O’Neill, lead opinion.

On January 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Trial Court’s Blanket Refusal to Accept No Contest Pleas Improper; Issue Was Preserved for Appeal. State v. Beasley.

“We conclude that a trial court abuses its discretion when it rejects a no-contest plea as a matter of course without considering the facts and circumstances of the case.”

Justice French

On January 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of Ohio … Continue reading

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Chief Justice Roberts Calls for More Protection for Federal Court Law Clerks.

As has been widely reported, in his annual  year-end report on the state of the federal judiciary, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts addressed sexual harassment in the judicial branch, which was put in the spotlight recently with … Continue reading

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Top Ten Most Visited Blog Posts in 2017.

If it seems like the blog was silent most of December, it was. That’s because other than lots of disciplinary cases, mandamus and prohibition actions, and other administrative matters decided without argument, the Supreme Court of Ohio hasn’t issued much … Continue reading

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Justice Bill O’Neill to Leave Court January 26, 2018.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill announced today, December 8, 2017, that he will leave the Court on January 26, 2018, to pursue his run for governor. O’Neill has been criticized from many quarters for staying on the Court after … Continue reading

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Commentary: Another Failed Execution Attempt in Ohio.

On September 15, 2009, the state tried, but failed, to execute Romell Broom. The execution team couldn’t find a good vein, failing to insert a catheter after pricking Broom 18 times, for nearly two hours, during which time Broom reportedly … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Can a Court Sua Sponte Appoint a Guardian Ad Litem for an Adult in a Divorce Case Without a Hearing? Charles W. Thomasson v. Carol J. Thomasson.

“But you just keep telling me why it’s (the trial court decision’s) wrong—tell me why it’s a final order?”

Justice DeWine, to Carol Thomasson’s counsel

“Does the appointment of the GAL preclude your representation of your client?”

Justice O’Donnell, to … Continue reading

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