Category Archives: In Sharper Focus

In Sharper Focus: Guest Post on the Intersection of Bankruptcy Law and Ohio’s Recording Statutes

On October 14, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the case of In re: Daren A. Messer, Angela Messer, Debtors Daren Messer & Angela Messer v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, Case Number 2014-2036.  This case … Continue reading

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Guest Post: In Sharper Focus: Overview of Federal Immigration Law.

This In Sharper Focus Guest Post by Cleveland attorney Harlan D. Karp is a verbatim reproduction of part of the amicus brief of Concerned Ohio Immigration Attorneys authored by Karp with the help of Cleveland practitioners Tina Haddad and Tanya … Continue reading

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In Sharper Focus: Finding Greater Protection under the Ohio Constitution for a Bad Traffic Stop. Justice Pfeifer’s Crusade.

This In Sharper Focus post is a supplement to the blog’s preview of the case of State of Ohio v. Terrance Brown, 2014-0104.

In reversing the trial court’s denial of the defendant’s motion to suppress evidence obtained in … Continue reading

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In Sharper Focus. Student Scholarship: The Davis Good Faith Exception to the Exclusionary Rule.

As previously posted, on September 24, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio is hearing oral argument in the case of State of Ohio v. Sudinia Johnson, 2013-1973. At issue in this case is whether, in the absence of … Continue reading

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In Sharper Focus: Confrontation Clause Jurisprudence-Testimonial and Non-Testimonial Statements.

This post is meant as a companion piece to better understand the merit decision in State v. Clark, posted here.

Federal Precedent

In 2004, in Crawford v. Washington, a landmark opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court authored by … Continue reading

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In Sharper Focus. Guest Post on the Issues Raised in Freshwater v. Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education.

On February 27, 2013, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard the case of Freshwater v. Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education, which involved the firing of an eighth grade public school science teacher, allegedly for teaching creationism in … Continue reading

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In Sharper Focus: A Class Action Primer.

On February 6, 2013, and then again on February 26, the Supreme Court of Ohio is going to hear two cases involving significant class action issues. To that end, blog student contributor Greg Kendall (now a 3L at the University … Continue reading

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In Sharper Focus: The Courts Shall be Open.

In the recently-argued case of Rayess v. Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, 2011-1933 the Ohio Supreme Court permitted most of the documents in the case to be filed under seal.  Let’s take a closer look at under what … Continue reading

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In Sharper Focus: Recovery for Recreational Activities.

We Americans love sports.  So it is no surprise that tort law has developed immunities for those engaging in sporting activities. The recently argued case of Smith v. Landfair involved the interpretation of Ohio’s Equine Immunity statute codified at … Continue reading

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In Sharper Focus: the Employer Intentional Tort

The case of  Houdek et al. v. ThyssenKrupp Materials, NA, 2011-1076   is all about the employer intentional tort, as if any more could be said about this topic.  To paraphrase President Ronald Reagan, here we go again.

Let’s start … Continue reading

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