Law

Richard Spencer
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White nationalist Richard Spencer says he will sue The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati if they don’t agree by Friday to let him speak on their campuses. His request is raising concerns about safety if the event is allowed, as well as debates over the abilities of schools to limit speech.

Richard Spencer
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Ohio State University officials on Monday declined comment on threatened legal action from the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist group denied a space to speak on campus.

Cleveland State University

The explosion of growth in the space industry is opening up new areas of law, and an Ohio university is preparing to go where no university has gone before.

Sam Hendren

The brother of one of the eight people killed in last year's Pike County massacre faces felony charges of tampering with evidence after prosecutors say he destroyed a GPS tracking device that investigators planted on his truck.

Sherrod Brown
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Senator Sherrod Brown is not a fan of President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.

President Trump has made his pick to fill the ninth seat on the Supreme Court.

So now what?

Updated at 10:30 p.m. ET

President Trump has fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, concluding she has "betrayed the Department of Justice" by refusing to defend his executive order that imposes a temporary ban on refugees and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries.

In a statement, the White House called Yates, an Obama administration holdover with 27 years of experience prosecuting corrupt public officials and the man who bombed the Atlanta Olympic park, "weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration."

President Trump's executive order on immigration late Friday ignited nationwide protests — and a slew of legal challenges.

At least four federal judges across the country have blocked part of the order and temporarily ensured refugees and travelers who reached U.S. soil would not be deported.

Here's an explanation of what happened so far and what could come next.

About a quarter of Ohio’s employees work for its prison system. So a shrinking state budget will likely affect that department. But that’s not the only reason the head of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is pushing for a major overhaul of state sentencing laws. 

For more than a quarter century, two legislative districts in North Carolina have been ground zero in a fight over race and redistricting. In the course of that time, Republicans have taken control of the state Legislature, and the two political parties have reversed their legal positions regarding the use of race and drawing district lines.

Columbus City Attorney Won't Seek New Term

Dec 2, 2016
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The second-longest serving city attorney in Columbus history, Rick Pfeiffer, says he will not seek another term. 

The U.S. Supreme Court takes up important immigration questions Wednesday, even as President-elect Donald Trump talks of pushing for more deportations. The legal issue before the court tests whether people who are detained for more than six months have a right to a bond hearing.

New Judge Selected In Ray Tensing Retrial

Nov 29, 2016
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CINCINNATI (AP) - Another new judge has been assigned to the second trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer in the slaying of a black motorist. The first trial judge and two successors disqualified themselves.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz was named Tuesday to preside over the retrial of Ray Tensing on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the July 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose.

Voting booth
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CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has granted a motion by Donald Trump's presidential campaign to block a lower court restraining order obtained by Ohio Democrats.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Sunday that the Ohio Democratic Party has not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of its case. It granted the emergency stay sought by Trump in a brief order.

Reforming Ohio's Criminal Code

Oct 2, 2015
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For many years, political campaigns focused on cracking down on crime and locking criminals behind bars.   The Criminal Justice Recodification Committee is reviewing Ohio's criminal laws and will make recommended changes to the General Assembly addressing issues such as incarceration, drug addiction, and mental health.

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