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Marianna Brown Bettman
Marianna Brown Bettman is a law professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she teaches torts, legal ethics, and a seminar on the Supreme Court of Ohio. She is also a former Ohio state court of appeals judge. Each September since 2003, she has given a presentation at the Ohio Judicial Conference analyzing the year’s most important cases from the Supreme Court of Ohio. She also provides appellate consulting services to attorneys.
Category Archives: Ohio Supreme Court Watch
The Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the case of Cromer v. Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron on November 20, 2013. This was a defense verdict in a medical malpractice wrongful death case, reversed on appeal. … Continue reading
Merit Decision: Counsel Prejudicially Ineffective in Mitigation Phase in Death Penalty Case. State v. Herring.
On December 3, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Herring, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-5228. In a 4-3 opinion written by Justice Paul Pfeifer, the court granted Herring’s petition for post-conviction relief … Continue reading
In 2004, Charles Ralston was hired as a helper at a wastewater treatment plant owned and operated by the city of North Ridgeville. Though Ralston had a criminal record, at his interview and on his employment application, he … Continue reading
What Happened on Remand Part 2: Iran Doss Has Waited Over a Year for a Decision on His Right to Compensation. Doss v. State.
In 2006, Iran Doss was convicted of kidnapping and rape, and sentenced to four years in prison. Ultimately, the Eighth District Court of Appeals reversed the convictions, and ordered Doss released from prison.
Upon his release, Doss filed … 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
Merit Decision. Court Again Applies Good-Faith Exception, This Time to Avoid Suppression of Evidence From Warrantless GPS Search. State v. Johnson
On November 13, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Johnson, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-5021. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Terrence O’Donnell, in which Justices Paul Pfeifer and Judy Lanzinger … Continue reading
Merit Decision: Court Disapproves Arrest Warrants Issued Without A Probable Cause Determination, But Denies Exclusion of Evidence as Remedy. State v. Hoffman
On November 4, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Hoffman, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-4795. In a 6-1 opinion written by Justice Judy Lanzinger, in which Justice Terrence O’Donnell wrote a short … Continue reading
Merit Decision. Court “Writs” Its Way Out of Deciding If a Worker Can Sue a Co-Worker for a Workplace Intentional Tort. State ex. rel. Yeaples v. Gall
On October 28, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State ex rel. Yeaples v. Gall, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-4724. In a 6-1 opinion written by Chief Justice O’Connor, in which Justice Pfeifer concurred … Continue reading