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City Atty. Zach Klein and Columbus Councilmember Shayla Favor.
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The Columbus City Attorney is rolling out a pilot program meant to reduce theft recidivism.  

Marijuana plants
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Ohio cities and law enforcement agencies continue to raise concerns that they can’t easily prosecute people for small amounts of marijuana because of the state’s new law allowing hemp and CBD oil. Some say the problem is there’s no good way to test the differences between marijuana and hemp. 

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The Columbus City Attorney’s Office says it will no longer prosecute misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, effective immediately.

Franklin County Courthouse
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Columbus Attorney Zach Klein is instructing city prosecutors to stop requesting cash bonds for most people charged with non-violent misdemeanors and instead release them on their own recognizance.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati.
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The Columbus City Attorney and U.S. Attorney announced three indictments Tuesday as part of a new effort to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.

Sunflower Asian Spa was shut down by the city in April. The City Attorney's Office claims the massage business was a front for human trafficking.
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“NO SEX SERVICE!!!!!” screams a sign outside the now-shuttered Sunflower Asian Spa. Yet that's exactly the reason why the city of Columbus shut down the spa in early April.

At a rally last year, a protester holds up a picture of Donna Castleberry, who was shot and killed in the undercover car of former Vice officer Andrew Mitchell in August 2018.
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The future of Columbus Police is uncertain following the end of the Vice Unit. One former officer, Andrew Mitchell, faces federal and state charges. Two other officers have been relieved of duty. While the department and FBI continue their investigations, the city has launched a nationwide search for a new police chief.

Below is a timeline of major events in the case so far. This post will be updated as more information develops.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), former state Sen. Charleta Tavares, and Columbus Attorney Zach Klein at a press conference about the Affordable Care Act.
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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wants a more forceful response from Ohio Republicans regarding the Trump administration's attempts to hobble the Affordable Care Act.

City Attorney Zach Klein
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Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein is suing the state over a series of changes to Ohio’s gun laws passed during the waning days of former Gov. Jon Kasich’s administration. In briefs filed Tuesday, Klein argues the new law violates home rule and separation of power provisions in the state constitution.

Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting multiple women, while acting under his duties as a police officer.
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Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein announced on Tuesday that his office will review and possibly dismiss open and pending cases that solely involve Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell.

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Update: MLS announced it has reached a deal to sell the Columbus Crew. Read the full story here.

Columbus Attorney Zach Klein says the city and state have dismissed their lawsuit against Major League Soccer and Precourt Sports Ventures, amid negotiations over purchasing the Columbus Crew.

In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, a bump stock is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan, Utah.
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The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced a final rule banning the gun accessories known as “bump stocks,” a move that may impact a Columbus lawsuit.

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Columbus leaders say they’ve reached a settlement to resolve the largest public nuisance lawsuit in the city’s history.

A new 20,000-seat stadium for the Columbus Crew SC is being proposed for the Arena District.
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If the Columbus Crew stay in town, they could move from MAPFRE Stadium to a new, $230 million stadium in the Arena District.


Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien have come out against Issue 1, arguing their own plan is more effective.