Category Archives: Constitutional Law

Merit Decision: Sentence Not Impermissible Trial Tax; Court Adopts Actual Vindictiveness Standard. State v. Rahab.

On April 18, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Rahab, Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-1401. In a 5-2 opinion written by Justice DeWine, the court found that the trial court judge did … Continue reading

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

At the end of December of last year, facing the upcoming retirement of Justices Pfeifer and Lanzinger, the Supreme Court of Ohio really cranked out some major decisions. One of those was State v. Aalim, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-8278, … Continue reading

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State Files U.S. Supreme Court Cert. Petition in Brandon Moore Case.

Case Background

Brandon Moore was sentenced to an aggregate prison term of 112 years in prison for convictions for three counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of rape, three counts of complicity to commit rape, one count of kidnapping, one … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Validity of the Search of an Arrestee’s Purse. State of Ohio v. Jamie Banks-Harvey.

Read an analysis of the argument in this case here.

On April 6, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case of State of Ohio v. Jamie Banks-Harvey. At issue in this case … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Is Questioning in the Front Seat of a Police Cruiser a Custodial Interrogation? City of Cleveland v. Benjamin Oles.

“So, he’s not free to leave. Why is he (Oles) not in custody at that point?”

Justice O’Neill.

On March 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the case of City of Cleveland v. Benjamin … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Is the Exclusionary Rule a Proper Remedy for the Violation of Ohio’s Knock-and-Announce Rule? State of Ohio v. Sherri Bembry and Harsimran Singh.

“Going forward, how do we ensure that we don’t have a successive violation of the knock and announce rule if in fact we say, well, yeah, there was a violation, but it doesn’t really make any difference. There will never … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Constitutionality of Searches by Public School Employees. State of Ohio v. Joshua Polk.

“This was a backpack sitting on an empty school bus.  In this day, that’s concerning. I can’t help but look at this from a very practical perspective, perhaps as a parent, and think, everybody knows a backpack sitting there by itself … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Propriety of Sentencing Penalty for Exercising Right to Trial. State of Ohio v. Malik Rahab.

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

“Counsel, do you think it is ever appropriate to look at and comment on a defendant exercising … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Is the Exclusionary Rule a Proper Remedy for the Violation of Ohio’s Knock-and-Announce Rule for Evidence Seized Pursuant to a Valid Search Warrant? State of Ohio v. Sherri Bembry and Harsimran Singh.

Read the analysis of the argument here.

On March 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case of State of Ohio v. Sherri Bembry and Harsimran Singh, 2016-0238. At issue in … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Is Questioning in the Front Seat of a Police Cruiser a Custodial Interrogation? City of Cleveland v. Benjamin Oles.

Read the analysis of the argument here.

On March 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case of City of Cleveland v. Benjamin Oles, 2016-0172 and 2016-0282. The case was accepted as … Continue reading

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