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Merit Decision: Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem Required, But Failure To Do So Did Not Affect Outcome In This Case. State v. Morgan.

“While we continue to characterize juvenile proceedings as civil rather than criminal in nature…the criminal aspect of delinquency proceedings is undeniable.”

Justice Kennedy, majority opinion.

“Today’s majority decision reinforces the criminal aspects of juvenile proceedings, not for the purpose of … Continue reading

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Merit Decision. Failure to Raise Constitutional Challenges Below Proves Fatal. State v. Quarterman.

On September 23, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Quarterman,2014-Ohio-4034. The defendant in this case raised a constitutional challenge to Ohio’s mandatory bind-over statutes. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice … Continue reading

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