Crimes & Courts

Same-sex marriage supporters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court
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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
Bob Bielecki / Flickr

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.

Some Against Closing Small Ohio Police Training Programs

Apr 13, 2015
Flickr

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

Ohio County Judge Blocks New State Rules On Traffic Cameras

Apr 3, 2015
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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.

Court Records: Treasure Hunter To Plead Guilty

Apr 3, 2015
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.

Judge: Prosecutor Hid Evidence In Murder Trial

Mar 27, 2015
ODRC

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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