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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: Merit Decisions
Merit Decision: Exclusion of Evidence not the Proper Remedy for Admitted Violation of Knock-and-Announce Statute. State v. Bembry.
On October 10, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Bembry, Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-8114. In an opinion written by Justice O’Neill, the court held that the exclusion of evidence was not … Continue reading
Merit Decision: Apology Statute Meant to Keep Out Admissions of Fault…Assuming There is an Apology. Stewart v. Vivian
On September 12, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in Stewart v. Vivian, Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-7526. The court was asked to answer the following certified question:
“[Are] a health care provider’s statements of … Continue reading
Merit Decision: Auto Accident Victim Cannot Recover from Strip Club for Injuries Caused by Intoxicated Dancer. Johnson v. Montgomery.
“Nothing in our precedents dictates that the word “person” be limited to patrons.”
Justice DeWine, majority opinion
“I am unable to join a majority decision that absolves from liability a liquor-permit holder who encourages the dancers in its club to … Continue reading
Merit Decision: Questioning Suspect in Front Seat of Police Cruiser Following Traffic Stop Does Not Automatically Require Miranda Warnings. Cleveland v. Oles.
“The trooper’s questioning of Oles in the front seat of the patrol car did not rise to the level of a custodial interrogation requiring Miranda warnings.”
Chief Justice O’Connor, from majority opinion
“Every police vehicle is now a police station … Continue reading
Merit Decision: No Sentencing Break in Adult Court for Bound-Over Juvenile Offender. State v. Anderson.
On July 5, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Anderson Slip Opinion No. 2017-Ohio-5656. Although the blog did not preview this case, it is a companion to the decision on the … 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
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 11, 2017, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Polk, 2017-Ohio-2735. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Kennedy, the court upheld the propriety of the searches of a book bag … Continue reading