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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: Juvenile Law
At the end of December of last year, facing the upcoming retirement of Justices Pfeifer and Lanzinger, the Supreme Court of Ohio really cranked out some major decisions. One of those was State v. Aalim, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-8278, … Continue reading
Brandon Moore was sentenced to an aggregate prison term of 112 years in prison for convictions for three counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of rape, three counts of complicity to commit rape, one count of kidnapping, one … Continue reading
Update: On February 17, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down the state’s petition.
“The mandatory-transfer statutes preclude a juvenile court judge from taking any individual circumstances into account before automatically sending a child who is 16 or older to adult court. This one-size-fits-all approach runs counter to the aims and goals of the … Continue reading
Merit Decision: “De Facto” Life Sentence Unconstitutional for Juvenile Nonhomicide Offender. State v. Moore.
“The court in Graham was not barring a terminology-“life without parole”-but rather a punishment that removes a juvenile from society without a meaningful chance to demonstrate rehabilitation and obtain release.”
Justice Paul Pfeifer, majority opinion.
On December 22, 2016, the … Continue reading
Merit Decision: A Prior Juvenile Adjudication Cannot Be Used to Enhance an Adult Sentence. State v. Hand.
Update: On September 15, 2016, Hand was resentenced by Montgomery County Court of Common Please Judge Dennis J. Langer to a non-mandatory three year term of incarceration, to be served consecutively with the three year mandatory firearm specification, for a total … Continue reading
Merit Decision: Court Finds R.C. 2933.81(B) Unconstitutional As Applied to Juveniles and Inapplicable to Analysis of Validity of Miranda Waiver. State v. Barker.
Update: Read what happened on remand in this case here.
What’s On Their Minds: Constitutionality of the Mandatory Juvenile Transfer Statutes. State of Ohio v. Matthew Aalim
Update: On December 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case. Read the analysis here.
“Even though as you said the legislature sets the rules, the court can say your rules are … Continue reading