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Marianna Brown Bettman
Marianna Brown Bettman is a law professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she teaches torts, legal ethics, and a seminar on the Supreme Court of Ohio. She is also a former Ohio state court of appeals judge. Each September since 2003, she has given a presentation at the Ohio Judicial Conference analyzing the year’s most important cases from the Supreme Court of Ohio. She also provides appellate consulting services to attorneys.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
“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
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
In Sharper Focus: Finding Greater Protection under the Ohio Constitution for a Bad Traffic Stop. Justice Pfeifer’s Crusade.
In reversing the trial court’s denial of the defendant’s motion to suppress evidence obtained in … Continue reading