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Marianna Brown Bettman
Marianna Brown Bettman is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Practice Emerita at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she taught torts, legal ethics, and a seminar on the Supreme Court of Ohio. She is also a former Ohio state court of appeals judge. Professor Bettman is a frequent presenter on Supreme Court of Ohio cases at Continuing Legal and Judicial Education seminars and conferences including the Ohio Judicial Conference. She also provides appellate consulting services to attorneys.
Category Archives: Criminal Law and Procedure
Merit Decision: Exclusion of Evidence not the Proper Remedy for Admitted Violation of Knock-and-Announce Statute. State v. Bembry.
On October 10, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Bembry, Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-8114. In an opinion written by Justice O’Neill, the court held that the exclusion of evidence was not … Continue reading
Merit Decision: Questioning Suspect in Front Seat of Police Cruiser Following Traffic Stop Does Not Automatically Require Miranda Warnings. Cleveland v. Oles.
“The trooper’s questioning of Oles in the front seat of the patrol car did not rise to the level of a custodial interrogation requiring Miranda warnings.”
Chief Justice O’Connor, from majority opinion
“Every police vehicle is now a police station … Continue reading
Merit Decision: No Sentencing Break in Adult Court for Bound-Over Juvenile Offender. State v. Anderson.
On July 5, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Anderson Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-5656. Although the blog did not preview this case, it is a companion to the decision on the … Continue reading
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
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
Oral Argument Preview: Properly Preserving An Off-The-Record Discussion For Appeal. State of Ohio v. Andrea Beasley.
Read the analysis of the argument here.
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, 2017-Ohio-1401. In a 5-2 opinion written by Justice DeWine, the court found that the trial court judge did not impermissibly give Rahab … Continue reading
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 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
What’s On Their Minds: Is Questioning in the Front Seat of a Police Cruiser a Custodial Interrogation? City of Cleveland v. Benjamin Oles.
Update: On July 19, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case. Read the analysis here.
“So, he’s not free to leave. Why is he (Oles) not in custody at that point?”