Category Archives: Juvenile Law

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

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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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On Reconsideration: A Major Shift in Philosophy in Juvenile Jurisprudence? State v. Aalim, Part II.

On May 25, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio granted reconsideration in State v. Aalim, Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-2956, and this time has upheld the mandatory juvenile transfer statutes it struck down December 22, 2016, in State v. Aalim, … Continue reading

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Extra! Extra! Court Reverses Itself in State v. Aalim; Upholds Mandatory Juvenile Transfer Statutes.

Update: Read the analysis of the new merit decision here.

Oh my. The court has granted reconsideration in State v. Aalim, Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-2956, and this time has upheld the mandatory juvenile transfer statutes it struck … 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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What’s On Their Minds: Does a Juvenile Need to Show Prejudice When the Court Fails to Appoint a Guardian Ad Litem? State of Ohio v. Raymond Morgan.

“But what I am troubled with is at certain stages of these proceedings, there was a breakdown between the lawyer and the child. And if that’s not a red flag for a judge to look at a GAL, I don’t … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Does a Juvenile Need to Show Prejudice When the Court Fails to Appoint a Guardian Ad Litem? State of Ohio v. Raymond Morgan

Read the analysis of the oral argument here.

On February 8, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case of State of Ohio v. Raymond Morgan, 2015-0924. At issue in this case is … Continue reading

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State Files U.S. Supreme Court Cert. Petition in State v. Hand.

Update: On February 17, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down the state’s petition.

On August 25, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Hand, 2016-Ohio-5504. In a 4-3 opinion written by … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Court Invalidates Mandatory Juvenile Transfer Statutes. 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.

“The mandatory-transfer statutes preclude a juvenile court judge from taking any … Continue reading

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