Category Archives: Constitutional Law

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

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 case is whether a witness who invokes his Fifth Amendment … 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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Oral Argument Preview: Do Mandatory Sex Offender Classifications Constitute Cruel and Unusual Punishment? State of Ohio v. Travis Blankenship.

Read the analysis of the oral argument here.

On March 10, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case of State of Ohio v. Travis Blankenship, 2014-0363. At issue in this case is … Continue reading

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Ohio v. Clark to be Argued Today at U.S. Supreme Court.

And I was supposed to be there in person to hear the argument, but as she so often has this winter, Mother Nature refused to cooperate, so I must settle for listening to the tapes and reading the transcript. Not … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Totality of the Circumstances Governs in Trash Pull Case. State v. Jones.

On February 12, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Jones, Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-483. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Lanzinger, the court held that the proper standard to determine … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Sentencing a Juvenile Non-Homicide Offender. State of Ohio v. Brandon Moore.

“This was a sentence designed to keep the juvenile in custody for his natural life.  The question is, does Graham prohibit that under these circumstances?” Justice Judy Lanzinger.

On February 4, 2015 the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument … Continue reading

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What’s on their Minds: The Ohio Constitution and Remediless Statutory Violations. State v. Terrence Brown.

“So now we have a constitution that is not self-executing, and we have a statute which is not self-executing, and we’re the Supreme Court and everybody is throwing their hands in the air saying what’s to be done, and your … Continue reading

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In Sharper Focus: Finding Greater Protection under the Ohio Constitution for a Bad Traffic Stop. Justice Pfeifer’s Crusade.

This In Sharper Focus post is a supplement to the blog’s preview of the case of State of Ohio v. Terrance Brown, 2014-0104.

In reversing the trial court’s denial of the defendant’s motion to suppress evidence obtained in … Continue reading

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