Category Archives: Commentary

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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The Ohio Democratic Gubernatorial Plot Thickens. Richard Cordray to Step Down from CFPB

Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced today, November 15, 2017, that he plans to step down as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by the end of this month. Could that be a step to his becoming a … Continue reading

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Observations on Justice O’Neill’s Intent to Recuse From Future Cases.

On October 29, 2017, Justice Bill O’Neill announced his intent to run in the Democratic gubernatorial primary May 8, 2018. He also announced a platform which includes “legalization of recreational marijuana, a higher minimum wage, a decrease in in-state tuition, and the … Continue reading

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Commentary: On Reconsideration: What’s Up With State v. Aalim?

Update: On May 25, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio granted reconsideration in this case, and reversed it.  Read the analysis of the new merit decision here.

At the end of December of last year, facing the upcoming … Continue reading

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Cincinnati Sends Two New Justices to the Supreme Court of Ohio: A Historical Perspective

Supreme Court justices are elected statewide in Ohio. Cincinnati, my hometown, hasn’t sent many justices to the Ohio high court in recent years, and now we are sending two. In the election for the two open seats being vacated by … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of Ohio Loses Its Female Majority.

There were three seats on the Supreme Court of Ohio up for grabs in Tuesday’s election. Justices Judy Lanzinger and Paul Pfeifer could not run again because of age, so those were open seats. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor had no … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Rules Tracie Hunter Eligible to Vote in this Election.

Former Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter should know more than most about Ohio voting rights. When she ran for juvenile court in November of 2010, she appeared to have lost to her opponent John Williams by about 2800 … Continue reading

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Commentary: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Nonpartisan Ballot for Ohio Judges in General Election

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently rejected a challenge to allow party designations for judges on the general election ballot in Ohio. The case is Ohio Council 8 v. Husted, 16a0034p.06.

Ohio judicial elections have … Continue reading

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Commentary: Interesting Proposal about Storage of Medical Records.

On September 2, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the case of Gene’a Griffith, Executrix for the Estate of Howard E. Griffith, Deceased v. Aultman Hospital. At issue in this case is whether records not … Continue reading

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