Crimes & Courts

Dale Johnston
Witness to Innocence

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. 

Columbus Lobbyist Pleads In Red Light Camera Case

Oct 15, 2015
John Raphael
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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.

Kim Davis
Ryland Barton / Kentucky Public Radio

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. 

Logan County Jail

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.

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
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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. 

Columbus Mayor Responds To Redflex Investigation

Jun 23, 2015
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." 

Teen Likely To Be Tried As Adult In Quadruple Homicide

Jun 15, 2015
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. 

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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.

Ohio State Drum Major Instructor Indicted On Rape Charges

May 12, 2015

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.

Feds Ask For Classified Info Hearing In Ohio Terrorism Case

May 5, 2015
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
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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.