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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Agreement Reached Over Lethal Injection Information Request

Mar 26, 2015
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An agreement has been reached over death row inmates’ subpoenas of Board of Pharmacy information about drugs used for lethal injection in Ohio.

At issue were attempts by inmates’ lawyers to find out more about the state’s lethal injection process, which now calls for two drugs Ohio doesn’t have and which may only be available in specialty doses created by compounding pharmacies.

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
Ohio Supreme Court
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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.

Alternative Approaches to Incarceration

Oct 25, 2010

Municipal specialty docket courts offer options besides jail time for some non-violent offenders, with Franklin County Municipal Court judges Paul Herbert and Scott VanDerKarr.

Sharon Davies is a law professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the author of the book, Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race, and Religion in America about the supreme court trial over the murder of a Catholic priest in 1920s Birmingham, Alabama.

Women in Judicial and Legal Professions

Jul 8, 2010

Discussion of statistics and trends related to women in judicial and legal professions in Ohio, with Dayton Daily News reporter Mary McCarty and Ohio Supreme Court justice Maureen O’Connor.

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