Crimes & Courts

The Ohio Supreme Court has sent a lawsuit challenging Cleveland's traffic camera ticket system back to a judge for further deliberation.

The court's 4-3 decision Tuesday said the judge must first decide whether drivers had to use the city's administrative appeal process before suing for damages.

The Supreme Court said an earlier appeals court ruling allowed the lawsuit to continue but didn't address the issue of the administrative process

A divided Ohio Supreme Court has rejected the warrantless search of a legally parked car even though a passenger in the car was arrested on a pending criminal charge.

A group advocating for limiting drug prices for HIV/AIDS patients has filed a federal lawsuit against Secretary of State Jon Husted.

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It seems work at the Franklin County Dog Shelter is never done. But some unlikely workers help lighten the load. We recently visited the shelter where county jail inmates now work five days a week.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has thrown out a woman's evidence-tampering conviction for hiding drugs in her body, saying she had to have first known she was being investigated for a crime to have been committed.

The court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the woman's knowledge she was committing a crime just by hiding the drugs is not by itself enough proof for an evidence-tampering conviction.

At issue was the 2013 arrest of a 19-year-old woman found after a traffic stop to have concealed heroin and cocaine in a condom in her body.

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The Ohio Supreme Court will decide if caps on damages to assault victims who don’t have permanent physical injuries are constitutional. The case comes from Delaware County, where a 15 year old girl was raped twice by her church pastor in 2008. 

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A woman sexually assaulted by an Ohio pastor when she was 15 years old is asking the state Supreme Court to boost the amount of damages paid by the church where the minister worked.

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 A former Ohio Lottery Commission employee has been sentenced to probation for stealing $115,000 in instant lottery tickets and cashing in winners. 

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The Ohio Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of a man who beat a Cincinnati woman to death in 1997 during a robbery that netted $50.

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Judges in northeast Ohio say they're leaving a justice reform group in Cuyahoga County.

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Election rights advocates challenging recently passed Ohio voting laws are seeking information from 19 election boards in an ongoing federal lawsuit.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the sex-offender label given a man convicted after a consensual affair with a 15-year-old girl when he was 21.

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J.T. Barrett will have his driver's license suspended for six months and will have to complete a three-day alcohol education program for his citation for impaired driving.

The Life and Legacy of Thurgood Marshall

Nov 9, 2015
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As the grandson of a slave and the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall dedicated his life to the Civil Rights Movement. As an attorney, he argued the Brown v. Board of Education case that outlawed racial segregation in public schools. Marshall served on the Supreme Court for 24 years. 

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Columbus police say they continue to investigate the shooting death of a husband and father of six who was gunned down in a Columbus restaurant parking lot.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a former death row inmate can sue for wrongful imprisonment over a 3-decade-old double slaying he didn't commit.

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A person judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of a killing that could result in a death sentence would be spared from capital punishment under a bill before Ohio lawmakers. 

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Columbus lobbyist John Raphael pleaded guilty to extortion Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court.

The Columbus Diocese reports it will review its personnel procedures. The move comes after a former Bishop Watterson teacher was arrested, last week, on child pornography charges linked to a Columbus student. 

The Life and Legacy of Thurgood Marshall

Sep 29, 2015
Penguin Random House

As the grandson of a slave and the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall dedicated his life to the Civil Rights Movement. As an attorney, he argued the Brown v. Board of Education case that outlawed racial segregation in public schools. Marshall served on the Supreme Court for 24 years. 

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The number of Ohioans dying from fatal heroin overdoses has quadrupled since 2008. While addicts have more paths to treatment, state leaders and local prosecutors have begun to go after the epidemic’s source:  the drug dealers. Dealers could face lengthy prison terms. But there are legal questions.

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A Franklin County Grand Jury indicted a woman in the drug overdose death of her toddler.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the 9 mm handgun carried by a Cincinnati teenager didn't qualify as a deadly weapon under the state's concealed carry law because it was broken and not used as a bludgeon.

Man Charged With Assaulting Wife Accused Of Suffocating Sons

Sep 10, 2015

The husband of an Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons has been charged with sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.

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The Columbus gay couple who tried to get a marriage license in Kentucky this week but was turned away by the county clerk will try again today. 

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A Bellefontaine police officer questioned the behavior of a woman charged with the murder of her three children. 

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Former State Representative Peter Beck, once one of the most powerful legislators in Ohio, was led out of a Hamilton County Common Pleas Courtroom Thursday morning in handcuffs after being sentenced to four years in prison.

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Prosecutors and grand juries have faced public scrutiny in recent months in some high-profile African American deaths by white police officers. A new study reveals a striking lack of diversity among elected district attorneys across the country. Ohio’s county prosecutors have a similar lack of diversity.

Panel Addresses Questions, Misconceptions About Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Jul 8, 2015
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All Ohio counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after last month’s ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. But some legal questions and misconceptions remain, and a panel of Ohio judges and legal experts tackled some of those on Tuesday.

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Affordable Care Act

Jun 25, 2015
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The United States Supreme Court, Thursday, upheld federal tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, preserving health insurance for millions of Americans, including thousands of Ohioans. 

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