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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: Ohio Supreme Court Watch
Yesterday’s oral arguments—June 21, 2017—were the last set of oral arguments posted on the Court’s Oral Argument Calendar. In recent years, the Court has not been hearing oral arguments during the summer, usually until the end of August. Presumably, merit … Continue reading
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
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
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
What’s On Their Minds: Do Activities of Licensees Affect the Exclusivity of Adverse Possession? Don Koprivec et al. v. Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County.
On May 16, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the case of Don Koprivec et al. v. Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County, 2016-0704. This case was accepted on jurisdictional appeal and cross-appeal. At issue on appeal … Continue reading
Extra! Extra! Court Reverses Itself in State v. Aalim; Upholds Mandatory Juvenile Transfer Statutes.
Update: Read the analysis of the new merit decision here.
On May 22, 2017, by a vote of 5-2, the Supreme Court of Ohio dismissed Rush v. Univ. of Cincinnati Physicians, Inc. Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-2896 as improvidently accepted. The issue in the case was whether an employee needs … Continue reading
What’s On Their Minds: Properly Preserving An Off-The-Record Discussion For Appeal. State of Ohio v. Andrea Beasley.
“Can’t we infer that the court assented to what counsel said by virtue of silence on the part of the court?”
Justice O’Donnell, to the prosecutor
On May 16, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the … Continue reading
On May 11, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Polk, Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-2735. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Kennedy, the court upheld the propriety of the searches of … Continue reading