Author Archives: MBettman

Blog Cases Awaiting Decision

As summer begins to wind down, these are the submitted cases on which the blog awaits merit decisions:

State of Ohio v. Raymond Morgan, 2015-0924, argued February 8, 2017.  At issue is whether a juvenile court committed reversible error … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Questioning Suspect in Front Seat of Police Cruiser Following Traffic Stop Does Not Automatically Require Miranda Warnings. Cleveland v. Oles.

“The trooper’s questioning of Oles in the front seat of the patrol car did not rise to the level of a custodial interrogation requiring Miranda warnings.”

Chief Justice O’Connor, from majority opinion

“Every police vehicle is now a police station … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Court Nixes Adoption; Finds Putative Father Did Not Willfully Abandon Birth Mother. In Re Adoption of P.L.H.

“This appeal charges us with the unenviable task of reaching a result that either overrides the adoption plan of a diligent birth mother and separates P.L.H. from the only home he has ever known or that terminates permanently C.W.’s fundamental … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: No Sentencing Break in Adult Court for Bound-Over Juvenile Offender. State v. Anderson.

On July 5, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Anderson Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-5656. Although the blog did not preview this case, it is a companion to the decision on the … Continue reading

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Court Remands Medical Malpractice Case Again. Cromer v. Children’s Hosp. Med. Ctr. of Akron.

Warning! This is a wonky post.

Case Background

This is a medical malpractice case that resulted in the death of five year old Seth Cromer.

In short, after Seth had a worsening viral infection, his parents took him to the … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: What Does It Mean to “Willfully Abandon” a Mother During Her Pregnancy? In the Matter of: The Adoption of P.L.H.

Update: On July 18, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case.  Read the analysis here.

“Are you asking this court, therefore, to give the mother’s vote in this family matter more … Continue reading

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Court’s Informal Summer Recess.

Yesterday’s oral arguments—June 21, 2017—were the last set of oral arguments posted on the Court’s Oral Argument Calendar. In recent years, the Court has not been hearing oral arguments during the summer, usually until the end of August. Presumably, merit … Continue reading

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An Update on Brandon Moore’s case.

On December 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Moore, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-8288. In a 4-3 opinion written by now-retired Justice Paul Pfeifer, the court held that a term-of-years prison sentence … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: What Does It Mean to “Willfully Abandon” a Mother During Her Pregnancy? In the Matter of: The Adoption of P.L.H.

Update: On July 18, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case.  Read the analysis here.

Read an analysis of the oral argument here.

On June 21, 2017, the Supreme … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Is Section of Felonious Assault Statute Compelling Disclosure of HIV Status Unconstitutional? State of Ohio v. Orlando Batista.

“But presumably there is a partner here who was uninformed and deprived of the right to make that decision. Is that not sufficient consideration for the state under the rational basis test to impose this type of a statute?”

Chief … Continue reading

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