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A jury has recommended that an Ohio man receive the death penalty for killing three women and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags in an impoverished Cleveland suburb.

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In March, President Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland to fill the U.S Supreme Court seat left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Still, top Senate Republicans refuse to hold hearings until after the November election. Meanwhile, the absence of a Justice has been affecting the Court's decisions and the cases it takes on.  

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Ohio's high court says a New York man who was hit by a foul ball at a baseball game and blinded in one eye can seek damages from the Cleveland Indians.

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The Ohio Supreme Court is hearing the appeal of a Cleveland man who killed 11 women and hid the remains in and around his home.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled an anti-gambling group fighting Gov. John Kasich's decision to legalize slots-like video lottery terminals at seven horse tracks lacks standing to sue while another plaintiff can continue his challenge.

The Ohio Supreme Court says a health care provider can't limit the release of medical records based solely on where the provider stores the information.

Obama's Nomination for the Supreme Court

Mar 17, 2016
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President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to be the 113th Supreme Court Justice. Garland has served as Chief Justice in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia since 1997 and is considered to be a moderate. However, Garland's reputation of collaboration between parties and even Republican support and praise may not remove the road blocks set out by the Republican party in his path to confirmation. 

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 A federal appeals court is calling unconstitutional an Ohio law barring people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates.

The Life and Influence of Justice Antonin Scalia

Feb 18, 2016
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Justice Antonin Scalia was known as one of the Supreme Court's most influential judges. As a conservative, noted for his originalist  interpretations of the Constitution, his death has brought out bitter partisan debates on who should replace him. Questions linger over whether or not Congress will approve a judge nominated by President Obama and how Justice Scalia's passing will influence the 2016 presidential election.  

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman has joined fellow Republicans who say a new member of the U.S. Supreme Court shouldn't be chosen until after the presidential election.

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

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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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