Crimes & Courts

Exonnerated Death Row Inmates Push For Change To Law

Apr 15, 2015
Former death row inmates
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Six of the nine Ohioans who were exonerated after being sentenced to death want state lawmakers to consider changes to capital punishment in Ohio.

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Officials from several Ohio police departments and police training academies are protesting the possibility of closing some of the state's smaller training programs.  

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A southwest Ohio judge has ruled new restrictions on traffic cameras violate the state’s constitution, granting the city of Dayton a permanent order blocking them.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Barbara Gorman says rules such as requiring police officers to be present when cameras are used violate the Ohio municipalities’ “home rule” powers.

She says the law passed late last year tells local governments how to allocate their law enforcement personnel.

Tommy Thompson
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Court documents indicate a fugitive deep-sea treasure hunter plans to plead guilty to a contempt of court charge related to his refusal to testify in court about gold he discovered from a historic shipwreck.

A plea agreement was filed in federal court Thursday in Columbus in the case of Tommy Thompson, along with a criminal information document used by prosecutors when a deal has been reached and a defendant has agreed to plead guilty.

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A judge in Cleveland has ordered new trials for three men convicted of a 1995 slaying because of what she says was “malicious suppression of evidence” by an assistant prosecutor.

Judge Nancy Margaret Russo’s ruling Thursday came in the cases of 37-year-old Eugene Johnson Jr., 37-year-old Derrick Wheatt and 36-year-old Laurese Glover.

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An agreement has been reached over death row inmates’ subpoenas of Board of Pharmacy information about drugs used for lethal injection in Ohio.

At issue were attempts by inmates’ lawyers to find out more about the state’s lethal injection process, which now calls for two drugs Ohio doesn’t have and which may only be available in specialty doses created by compounding pharmacies.

Senate Committee Votes To Extend Time For Rape Prosecution

Mar 25, 2015
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A Senate committee has approved a proposal to extend the 20-year statute of limitations for rape and sexual battery.

The bill provides an additional five years for prosecution from the time a potential suspect is identified through DNA testing.

Ohio Supreme Court Weighs Exceptions To Sex Offender Label

Mar 10, 2015
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The Ohio Supreme Court is considering whether the state’s sex-offender labels amount to cruel and unusual punishment if the classification is a significantly harsher punishment than an offense warrants.

At issue is a sex offender label given a man convicted following his consensual affair with a 15-year-old girl when he was 21. Ohio law classifies sex with minors as crimes regardless if the act is consensual.

The court scheduled arguments Tuesday with a decision several weeks away.

Justices Will Hear Ohio's Gay Marriage Cases April 28

Mar 5, 2015
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The Supreme Court will hear arguments over same-sex marriage on April 28.

The court released its calendar Thursday for the final two weeks of arguments this term and allotted the gay marriages cases two-and-a-half hours on the last Tuesday in April.

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday challenging whether the federal government can pay subsidies to people in Ohio and other states that don’t have state-created health insurance marketplaces set up after the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s landmark health insurance law.

So what could the ruling mean for Ohio?

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