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Marianna Brown Bettman
Marianna Brown Bettman is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Practice Emerita at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she taught torts, legal ethics, and a seminar on the Supreme Court of Ohio. She is also a former Ohio state court of appeals judge. Professor Bettman is a frequent presenter on Supreme Court of Ohio cases at Continuing Legal and Judicial Education seminars and conferences including the Ohio Judicial Conference. She also provides appellate consulting services to attorneys.
Category Archives: Commentary
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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