Category Archives: Constitutional Law

What Happened on Remand Part II. End of the Road for Eric Long?

Eric Long was sentenced to two consecutive sentences of life without the possibility of parole for his role in two homicides in Hamilton County in March of 2009.  He was seventeen when the crimes were committed. The First District … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Court Finds State Constitutional Violation For Extraterritorial Traffic Stop. State v. Brown.

On June 23, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued a merit decision in State v. Brown, Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-2438. In a 5-2 opinion written by Justice O’Donnell, for himself, Chief Justice O’Connor, and Justices Pfeifer, Lanzinger, and … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: The U.S. Supreme Court Reverses the Supreme Court of Ohio in Ohio v. Clark.

On June 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a merit decision in Ohio v. Clark. In a unanimous decision written by Justice Alito, in which Justice Scalia, joined by Justice Ginsburg, concurred in judgment only, and Justice Thomas … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Does a Botched Execution Attempt Preclude a Second Try? State of Ohio v. Romell Broom.

“Are you arguing that the Constitution requires a quick and painless death in and of itself?” Justice Lanzinger, to defense counsel.

“What is the assurance [the state] is going to follow a revised protocol? When reading what occurred here start … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Does a Botched Execution Attempt Preclude a Second Try? State of Ohio v. Romell Broom.

Read the analysis of the oral argument here.

On June 9, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case of State of Ohio v. Romell Broom, 2012-0852. At issue in this case is … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Father Tries to Take the Fifth in Domestic Violence Case Against Son. State of Ohio v. Jeffrey C. Arnold.

“Are you not troubled by the fact that the trial court, rather than explaining the parameters of the Fifth, merely said, you’ll either testify or you will be held in contempt.  Don’t you think that falls a little short of … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Father Tries to Take the Fifth in Domestic Violence Case Against Son. State of Ohio v. Jeffrey C. Arnold.

Read the analysis of the oral argument here.

On May 20, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case of State of Ohio v. Jeffrey C. Arnold, 2014-0718. At issue in this … Continue reading

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Merit Decision. Long and Complicated Explanation of Why Search Warrant was Invalid and Suppression Required. State v. Castagnola .

On April 28, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Castagnola, Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-1565.  In a 4-3 opinion written by Justice Kennedy, for herself and Justices Pfeifer, O’Neill, and O’Donnell, the … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Do Mandatory Sex Offender Classifications Constitute Cruel and Unusual Punishment? State of Ohio v. Travis Blankenship.

“What is wrong with affording a hearing instead of a cookie-cutter one size fits all? Allowing the defendant to come in and individualize it?” Justice Paul Pfeifer, to the prosecutor.

On March 10, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Right to a Public Hearing and Public Deliberations. Adam Stewart vs. Board of Education of Lockland School District.

On March 10, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the case of Adam Stewart v. Board of Education of Lockland School District, 2014-0164. At issue in this case is whether a for-cause public employee can … Continue reading

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