Crimes & Courts

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?

High Court Weighs Limits On Child Abuse Evidence

Mar 2, 2015

The Supreme Court is considering limits on the type of evidence that can be used in child abuse cases, a move that could hamstring prosecutors in domestic violence trials.

The justices on Monday debated whether out-of-court statements that children make to their teachers about abuse can be used as evidence if a child is unable to testify in person.

10am A month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on gay marriage, the issue is headed back its way again. Yesterday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld laws against the practice in four states — Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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The first Monday in October kicks of the new session of the U.S. Supreme Court. And when the court talks, people listen. But that wasn’t always the case. This hour we'll discuss the story of John Marshall, the man who devised a system that forced the government to recognize the judiciary as a partner in power in the United States.

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10:00 With prisons facing overcrowding and large racial disparities among inmates, a new move is afoot to amend mandatory minimum sentences. This hour, we'll examine the history and effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentencing and look at who is behind the movement to amend this system and where it might be headed. Guests

11:00 This is a special edition of All Sides... Ann will provide live coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Guests for this show will be announced at a later time.

10:00 This is a special edition of All Sides... Ann will provide live coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Guests for this show will be announced at a later time.

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