Medical Malpractice Case Pending Over a Year. Cromer v. Children’s Hospital.

The Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the case of Cromer v. Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron on November 20, 2013. This was a defense verdict in a medical malpractice wrongful death case, reversed on appeal.  … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Counsel Prejudicially Ineffective in Mitigation Phase in Death Penalty Case. State v. Herring.

On December 3, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Herring, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-5228. In a 4-3 opinion written by Justice Paul Pfeifer, the court granted Herring’s petition for post-conviction relief … Continue reading

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What Happened on Remand: Vacha v. North Ridgeville. Case Settled.

Case Background

In 2004, Charles Ralston was hired as a helper at a wastewater treatment plant owned and operated by the city of North Ridgeville. Though Ralston had a criminal record, at his interview and on his employment application, he … Continue reading

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What Happened on Remand Part 2: Iran Doss Has Waited Over a Year for a Decision on His Right to Compensation. Doss v. State.

Case Background.

In 2006, Iran Doss was convicted of kidnapping and rape, and sentenced to four years in prison. Ultimately, the Eighth District Court of Appeals reversed the convictions, and ordered Doss released from prison.

Upon his release, Doss filed … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Death Penalty and Elected Judges

Now retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote this in her separate concurrence in the landmark case of Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, the 2002 decision that changed the landscape in judicial elections by giving judges … Continue reading

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A Change of Heart by the Chief on Judicial Elections?

An interview with Ohio’s Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and AP reporter Andrew Welch-Huggins, which ran in a number of Ohio newspapers last week, carried the headline “Ohio Chief Justice: Time to Rethink Judicial Elections.” The story quotes O’Connor as saying … Continue reading

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Merit Decision. Court Again Applies Good-Faith Exception, This Time to Avoid Suppression of Evidence From Warrantless GPS Search. State v. Johnson

On November 13, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Johnson, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-5021. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Terrence O’Donnell, in which Justices Paul Pfeifer and Judy Lanzinger … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Court Disapproves Arrest Warrants Issued Without A Probable Cause Determination, But Denies Exclusion of Evidence as Remedy. State v. Hoffman

On November 4, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Hoffman, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-4795. In a 6-1 opinion written by Justice Judy Lanzinger, in which Justice Terrence O’Donnell wrote a short … Continue reading

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Merit Decision. Court “Writs” Its Way Out of Deciding If a Worker Can Sue a Co-Worker for a Workplace Intentional Tort. State ex. rel. Yeaples v. Gall

On October 28, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State ex rel. Yeaples v. Gall, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-4724. In a 6-1 opinion written by Chief Justice O’Connor, in which Justice Pfeifer concurred … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of Ohio Must Meet in January.

Wondering if the Supreme Court of Ohio is legally obligated to sit? It seems so. This is statutory. Who knew? Pursuant to the current version of R.C. 2503.33, effective March 22, 2013,

“The chief justice and the judges of … Continue reading

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