Category Archives: Juvenile Law

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Brandon Moore Case.

Case Background

Brandon Moore was sentenced to an aggregate prison term of 112 years in prison for convictions for three counts each of aggravated robbery, rape, complicity to commit rape, and one count each of kidnapping, complicity to commit aggravated … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem Required, But Failure To Do So Did Not Affect Outcome In This Case. State v. Morgan.

“While we continue to characterize juvenile proceedings as civil rather than criminal in nature…the criminal aspect of delinquency proceedings is undeniable.”

Justice Kennedy, majority opinion.

“Today’s majority decision reinforces the criminal aspects of juvenile proceedings, not for the purpose of … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Mother’s Right to Counsel at Permanent Custody Hearing. In re: R.K. (A.S., Appellant).

Read the analysis of the oral argument here.

On September 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case, In re: R.K. (A.S., Appellant), 2017-0433. At issue is the propriety of the trial … Continue reading

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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,  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 imposed on … 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, No. 2017-Ohio-2956, and this time has upheld the mandatory juvenile transfer statutes it struck down December 22, 2016, in State v. Aalim,  2016-Ohio-8278.

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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,  2017-Ohio-2956, and this time has upheld the mandatory juvenile transfer statutes it struck down December 22, … 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.

Further update: On October 2, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state’s cert. petition. 

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

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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.

Update: On September 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case. Read the analysis here.

“But what I am troubled with is at certain stages of these proceedings, there was a … Continue reading

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