Category Archives: Criminal Law and Procedure

What Happened on Remand: Christopher Anderson is Out of Jail. State v. Anderson.

Case Background

On August 29, 2002, Christopher Anderson, was charged with murdering Amber Zurcher on June 3, 2002. His first trial resulted in a mistrial. His second trial resulted in a guilty verdict, which was overturned on appeal because of … 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: Propriety of Sentencing Penalty for Exercising Right to Trial. State of Ohio v. Malik Rahab.

“Counsel, do you think it is ever appropriate to look at and comment on a defendant exercising their constitutional right to have the state of Ohio prove beyond a reasonable doubt their guilt of the crimes as charged as a … 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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Oral Argument Preview: Propriety of Sentencing Penalty for Exercising Right to Trial. State of Ohio v. Malik Rahab.

Read the analysis of the oral argument here.

On February 9, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case of State of Ohio v. Malik Rahab, 2015-1892. At issue is the propriety of … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Offender Has Right of Allocution at Community Control Revocation Hearing. State v. Jackson.

On December 15, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Jackson, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-8127. In a unanimous opinion written by Chief Justice O’Connor, in which Justice French concurred in judgment only, … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Record of Attempted Robbery Conviction Cannot be Judicially Sealed. State v. V.M.D.

On December 13, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. V.M.D., Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-8090. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Pfeifer, the court held that attempted robbery is a crime … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Noncitizen Must be Advised of Immigration Consequences of an Admission of Guilt Required for Entry into a Pretrial Diversion Program. State v. Kona.

Update: Issa Kona’s lawyer, Joe Burke, reports that on the day the decision came out, the prosecutor called to tell him the case against Kona would now be dismissed.

On November 21, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed … Continue reading

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