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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: Judiciary
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently rejected a challenge to allow party designations for judges on the general election ballot in Ohio. The case is Ohio Council 8 v. Husted, 16a0034p.06.
Ohio judicial elections have … Continue reading
Unlike the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Ohio does not have official terms. But the Ohio high court does have an informal summer time out from hearing cases. There are no oral arguments set until September 1, … Continue reading
Ever since the 2002 case of Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down, on First Amendment Grounds, the “announce clause” of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Code of Judicial Conduct, which prohibited judges … Continue reading
On March 11, 2015, in Ohio State Bar Assn. v. Salerno, 2015-Ohio-791, the Supreme Court of Ohio publicly reprimanded Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Amy Salerno for telling jurors in open court in a criminal case they had reached the … Continue reading
Now retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote this in her separate concurrence in the landmark case of Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, the 2002 decision that changed the landscape in judicial elections by giving judges … Continue reading
An interview with Ohio’s Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and AP reporter Andrew Welch-Huggins, which ran in a number of Ohio newspapers last week, carried the headline “Ohio Chief Justice: Time to Rethink Judicial Elections.” The story quotes O’Connor as saying … Continue reading
Last January, my University of Cincinnati College of Law colleague Carrie Wood, then with the Ohio Innocence project, (now with the Ohio Public Defender’s office) argued to the Supreme Court of Ohio that a second application for post conviction DNA … Continue reading
Last week I was at the Ohio Judicial Conference to give my annual presentation on the most important cases from the Supreme Court of Ohio this past year. I attended Chief Justice O’Connor’s annual State of the Judiciary Address, … Continue reading
Well, I begin teaching a new crop of law students today, and the Supreme Court of Ohio resumes oral arguments tomorrow, which means the blog will crank back up again. See this post about the cases the blog has … Continue reading
As I’m sure my readers already know, Ohio elects all of its judges—from Municipal Court to the Ohio Supreme Court. Why? Our state constitution has required this since 1851. And all judicial terms are six years. Presently, the only requirement to … Continue reading