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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
What’s On Their Minds: What Constitutes Proper Presentment of a Claim Against a Decedent’s Estate? James A. Wilson v. William Lawrence, Executor, et al.
“So our issue really is, is substantial compliance or strict compliance necessary here?” Chief Justice O’Connor
On December 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in Linert v. Foutz, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-8445. In a 5-2 opinion written by Chief Justice O’Connor, the court held the trial judge in this … Continue reading
Merit Decision: R.C. 2307.60 Independently Authorizes Civil Action For Damages Caused By Criminal Acts. Jacobson v. Kaforey.
“These legislative statements are crystal clear. We need not dig further into the meaning of the statute than the language that was signed into law.”
Justice O’Neill, majority opinion.
On December 28, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down … Continue reading
“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
Oral Argument Preview: What Constitutes Proper Presentment of a Claim Against a Decedent’s Estate? James A. Wilson v. William Lawrence, Executor, et al.
Read an analysis of the oral argument here.
On January 11, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral argument in the case of James A. Wilson v. William Lawrence, Executor, et al., 2016-Ohio-0180. At issue in … Continue reading
Merit Decision: No Police Liability for Injuries to Innocent Bystander During High Speed Chase of Fleeing Felon. Argabrite v. Neer.
“Ohio courts lack the authority to confer immunity based on a different standard than the General Assembly has implemented.”
Justice French, Majority opinion.
“Today’s majority ruling will have a chilling effect on policing and will aid criminals in their fight … Continue reading
It may be a legal holiday today, January 2, 2017, but the website for the Supreme Court of Ohio already has Justices Patrick F. Fischer (whose term started yesterday, January 1) and R. Patrick DeWine (whose term started … Continue reading
I don’t know why we all love lists, but we seem to, especially at year’s end. So here’s the list of the top ten most visited blog posts in 2016:
For the third year in a row, number one is … 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: Capital Defendants to get Appeal of Right to High Court for Postconviction Denial of DNA Testing. State v. Noling.
“Are we to value speed over certainly? Of all cases that cry out for certainty, it is cases that result in the extinguishing of a human life.”
Chief Justice O’Connor, majority opinion
On December 21, 2016, the Supreme Court of … Continue reading