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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
Then 15 year old Tyshawn Barker was taken into custody by police near midnight for questioning in regard to two fatal shootings. Another suspect had implicated Barker in those crimes during questioning earlier in the evening.
The police … Continue reading
When the Supreme Court of Ohio stopped hearing new cases on August 31, 2016, the blog published this list of submitted cases it has previewed and analyzed. All of these must be decided before Justices Lanzinger and Pfeifer retire at … Continue reading
Prade’s Murder Conviction
In September of 1998, Douglas Prade, formerly a captain with the Akron Police Department, was convicted of the aggravated murder of his ex-wife Dr. Margo Prade, who was shot and killed in her van outside … Continue reading
What Happened on Remand: Pandering Charges Dismissed, Guilty Plea to One Count of Retaliation, Sentence of Time Served. State v. Castagnola
Date Case was remanded from Supreme Court of Ohio: April 28, 2015
Final Resolution of this case: September 30, 2016
David Maistros, law director and prosecutor of Twinsburg in Summit County, charged Nicholas Castagnola with selling alcohol to … Continue reading
The state is back in federal court seeking to resume executions in Ohio. Ronald Phillips is set to be executed January 12, 2017, for the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s three year old daughter in 1993.
Ohio uses lethal … Continue reading
Merit Decision: Court Permits Fifth Retrial of Defendant Incarcerated for Fourteen Years Without a Lawful Conviction. State v. Anderson.
On September 14, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Anderson, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-5791. In a fractured plurality opinion written by Justice Kennedy, the court held that there is no constitutional … Continue reading
Update: Read the state’s brief in opposition here.
What’s On Their Minds: Validity of Permanent Surrender Agreement in Adoption Case. In re: (C.C.S.), (C.L.S.) v. Adoption by Gentle Care.
“I’m just looking for any basis at all to say that the social worker is a fiduciary in this situation.” Justice French, to counsel for C.L.S.
On August 31, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the … Continue reading
On August 30, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in Carter v. Reese, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-5569. In a 4-3 opinion written by Justice O’Donnell, joined by Justices Kennedy, French, and O’Neill, the court held that … Continue reading
As I wrote in this post yesterday, today, August 31, 2016, is the last set of oral arguments to be heard by Justices Paul Pfeifer and Judy Lanzinger, who cannot run for re-election because of the age limits in the … Continue reading