Crimes & Courts

Logan County Jail

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

Howard Wilkinson, WVXU

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.


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

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
U.S. Supreme Court
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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. 

Michael Coleman
WOSU / Columbus on the Record

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Tuesday afternoon, said he has handed over documents to federal investigators looking into pay-to-play allegations involving city elected officials and a red light camera company. 

Columbus Police

The manhunt is on for Robert Lee James, a 27-year-old man charged in last weekend's four shootin deaths in North Columbus. Police are sifting through tips from the community to help solve what's being called a "horrific crime." 

Franklin County Auditor

The 16 year old accused in a quadruple homicide over the weekend will likely be tried as an adult.  

Ohio Supreme Court
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The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a wrongful imprisonment claim from an ex-offender who sued after the sex offender registration law he violated was declared unconstitutional.

Supreme Court Rejects No-Contact Order As Part Of Sentence

Jun 3, 2015
Ohio Supreme Court
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The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected the imposition of a victim no-contact order along with a prison sentence, saying the two punishments can't be handed down for the same crime.

Former State Representative Peter Beck could face years in prison after being convicted Tuesday morning on 13 of 38 criminal charges against him.

Anna Schiffbauer
Student Press Law Center

An Otterbein University graduate who sued for access to on campus police records, while working at a student-run news website won her case yesterday before the Ohio Supreme Court. 

Ohio Supreme Court
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A divided Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that private colleges' police departments are subject to the state's open records law.

Lawmakers Look for Ways to Reform Criminal Sentencing in Ohio

May 20, 2015
Ohio Supreme Court
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While much of the focus is still on the budget, Ohio lawmakers are working on many other issues they’d like to address before summer break. Some legislators are taking a serious look at reforming the state’s criminal sentencing structure.


A drum major instructor for Ohio State University's marching band who is accused of sexually assaulting a female student has been indicted on rape charges.

Twenty-eight-year-old Stewart Kitchen is suspected of assaulting an Ohio State student at his home on April 16.

Ex-Ohio State Band Director Files Defamation Suit

May 8, 2015
Jonathan Waters
Nick Houser / WOSU

Ohio State’s fired marching band director has filed another lawsuit. The suit claims the university damaged his reputation so badly he can’t get work.

Tom Borgerding, WOSU Radio

Federal prosecutors say a court hearing is needed to discuss dealing with classified information in the case of an Ohio man accused of plotting a U.S. terror attack.

SCOTUS Hears Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage

Apr 29, 2015
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Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same-sex marriage. We look at the legal aspects of the cases, and hear from organizations on both sides of the issue. 

Same-sex marriage supporters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court
Chad Griffin / Twitter

Ohio is among four states whose ban on same-sex marriage was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court today. 

Marc Spindleman, a constitutional law expert at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State, says the justices must decide two pivotal questions brought forth in the challenge to the states' same-sex-marriage ban.

Dozens of attorneys representing four states, and the lawsuits against them, have converged in Washington D.C. to argue whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in two of those states and whether they should be recognized in the other two.

Mayoral Race and SCOTUS on Same-Sex Marriage

Apr 28, 2015
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This hour: interviews with mayoral candidates Zach Scott and James Ragland, in two back-to-back segments. Afterward, a look at the same-sex marriage case currently in the Supreme Court.

Craigslist Facebook sales
WOSU composite / Creative Commons

Buying used items online can be risky. Craigslist and local Facebook groups bring together strangers and have been fertile ground for scammers. So police in Marysville are offering their parking lot as a safe, public place for people to exchange cars, couches, and cash.

Exonnerated Death Row Inmates Push For Change To Law

Apr 15, 2015
Former death row inmates
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Six of the nine Ohioans who were exonerated after being sentenced to death want state lawmakers to consider changes to capital punishment in Ohio.


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
U.S. Marshal's Office

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.


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.