Category Archives: Constitutional Law

An Update on Brandon Moore’s case.

On December 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Moore, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-8288. In a 4-3 opinion written by now-retired Justice Paul Pfeifer, the court held that a term-of-years prison sentence … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Is Section of Felonious Assault Statute Compelling Disclosure of HIV Status Unconstitutional? State of Ohio v. Orlando Batista.

“But presumably there is a partner here who was uninformed and deprived of the right to make that decision. Is that not sufficient consideration for the state under the rational basis test to impose this type of a statute?”

Chief … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Court Okays Searches of Student Book Bag Left on School Bus. State v. Polk.

On May 11, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Polk, Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-2735. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Kennedy, the court upheld the propriety of the searches of … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Is Section of Felonious Assault Statute Singling Out Sexual Conduct of HIV Positive Persons Unconstitutional? State of Ohio v. Orlando Batista.

Read the analysis of the argument here

On May 17, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in State of Ohio v. Orlando Batista, 2016-0903. At issue in the case is whether R.C. 2903.11(B)(1) violates the Equal … Continue reading

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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?

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

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

Update: On June 14, 2017, the cert. petition was distributed for conference of September 25, 2017.

Read Moore’s brief in opposition here.

Case Background

Brandon Moore was sentenced to an aggregate prison term of 112 years in prison for convictions … 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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