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Ohio domestic violence survivor fights for more legal protections

BY: - February 28, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland. The majority of domestic violence survivors in the state reported feeling satisfied […]

Three men plead guilty to plotting a white supremacist attack on power grid

BY: - February 24, 2022

Three men, one from Ohio, pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges after admitting their plans to attack the power grid “in furtherance of white supremacist ideology,” according to documents unsealed Wednesday. Christopher Brenner Cook, 20, of Columbus, Ohio; Jonathan Allen Frost, 24, of West Lafayette, Indiana, and of Katy, Texas; and Jackson Matthew Sawall, 22, […]

Ohio House passes bills to stiffen ‘riot’ penalties; stop police from limiting guns on scene

BY: - February 17, 2022

The Ohio House passed two bills Wednesday that together would create new penalties and stiffen preexisting ones for people engaged in what the law considers to be “riots,” and another revoking a current police power to limit the transfer of guns and weapons during a “riot.” House Bill 109 creates new felony offenses of “riot […]

Group highlights the parallels between lynching and the modern death penalty

BY: - February 17, 2022

An anti-death penalty group in Ohio is arguing that lynchings in the 19th and early 20th centuries had a lot in common with the way the modern death penalty is applied. On Thursday it will highlight Ohio lynchings to make that case.  The argument delves deeply into a complex and often painful past that some […]

RNC calls Capitol violence “legitimate.” Do Ohio statewides agree?

BY: - February 11, 2022

The top elected Republican tried this week to give his colleagues cover to disagree with a party claim that the violent attack on Congress on Jan. 1. 2021 was "legitimate political discourse." Most Ohio's statewide elected officials have been less definite.

HBCU leaders decry waves of bomb threats as federal investigators probe origin

BY: - February 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Hours before the Southern Poverty Law Center held a virtual panel Tuesday about recent bomb threats made to dozens of historically Black colleges, yet another bomb threat was reported — this one to Spelman College, a historically Black institution in Georgia. “This was a racist attack that aims to not only disrupt the start of Black History Month, […]

FBI probes bomb threats against HBCUs; campuses reopen after no explosives are found

BY: - February 5, 2022

More than 20 FBI field offices around the nation are investigating a series of bomb threats characterized as “hate crimes” against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and unidentified “houses of worship” but have found no explosives at the sites, the agency announced Wednesday. The statement did not say whether the threatened houses of worship, […]

Definition of rape debated in Supreme Court case

BY: - February 4, 2022

A new ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court narrows the definition of rape in the state, and the focus on language in sex crime laws is something survivor advocates say needs to change. The Wednesday ruling came in the case of a Highland County woman charged with rape involving a two-year-old child. The Ohio Supreme […]

Biden says answer to gun violence ‘is not to defund the police’

BY: - February 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland traveled Thursday to New York City, where the lives of two police officers were claimed in recent shootings, as the administration unveiled a new initiative to combat gun violence. A senior administration official told reporters that the White House is focusing on ghost guns, which are homemade […]

States weigh how to shield election officials from threats, harassment

BY: - January 26, 2022

Following the turmoil of the 2020 election, a photo of Washington state Election Director Lori Augino marked with crosshairs, her address, and the words “your days are numbered” was posted on a website alongside photos of numerous other state election officials described as “enemies of the people.” Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in […]

Columbus prepares to select inspector general to handle police misconduct investigations

BY: - January 25, 2022

The city of Columbus is nearing a decision on a new inspector general, tasked with leading a new office investigating police misconduct and answering to the city’s civilian review board. The four finalists participated in a virtual interview of sorts last week. Pamela Davis is the former chief investigator with Detroit’s civilian oversight agency; Jacqueline […]

Columbus officers will have to testify about use-of-force incidents

BY: - January 20, 2022

An arbitrator has ruled that Columbus police officers will have to testify about colleagues as part of criminal investigations on police conduct during 2020’s protests. Among the incidents was the June 1, 2020 pepper spraying of three journalists with the Ohio State paper, the Lantern, as they stood off to the side of a protest […]