American Civil Liberties Union

Ohio Mayor's Courts And Reform

May 2, 2019
Franklin County Courthouse
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In a new report, the ACLU of Ohio finds Ohio’s mayor's courts lack transparency and are “geared toward making money rather than delivering justice.”

Instead, the report said, mayor’s courts tend to target out-of-towners and disproportionately affect people of color. 

Today on All Sides, the history of mayor’s courts and how they operate today.

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Lawyers are preparing to make their cases to a federal court for and against the constitutionality of an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Federal Judge: Ohio 3rd-Party Ballot Rules Constitutional

Mar 16, 2015
Libertarian Party of Ohio logo
Libertarian Party of Ohio

  A federal judge says ballot access limits imposed last year on minor parties in political battleground Ohio don’t violate the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson’s decision Monday is the latest blow to challengers of a 2013 law that set new, stiffer criteria for minor political parties to qualify for and maintain access to Ohio’s ballot.

Watson said a side party in the case, the American Civil Liberties Union, couldn’t demonstrate that denying access to primary ballots poses a severe burden on third parties without “compelling state interest.”