Criminal Justice & Policing

What is ‘hooning,’ and why are Ohio lawmakers trying to pass a law against it?

BY: - November 4, 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. Ohio lawmakers want to slam the breaks on “hooning,” or reckless driving, putting forward a […]

Activist holds a flag featuring hemp during protest outside White House

Weed on the ballot: Voters could approve legal marijuana in 5 more states

BY: - November 4, 2022

Midterm voters in five states will determine if they should join the growing list of places where recreational marijuana use is allowed, even as any use of the drug is still illegal under federal law. Referendums to legalize recreational use of marijuana are on Nov. 8 ballots in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, South Dakota and North […]

Doctors call on DeWine to answer questions about abortion laws

BY: - November 2, 2022

Days after Gov. Mike DeWine said the medical community will be consulted as Ohio considers future abortion legislation, a group of more than 1,400 doctors implored him to answer questions about a law he’s already signed. The Ohio medical community has said that to date, DeWine and Republican lawmakers have shown little interest in what […]

Ohio Bar condemns ad attacking Democratic state Supreme Court nominees

BY: - October 31, 2022

The Ohio Bar Association is urging the Republican State Leadership Committee to take down a campaign ad criticizing the three Democratic state supreme court nominees. In a letter signed by campaign advertising committee chair Paul Hervey, they argued the ad “serves to erode public trust and confidence in the judiciary.” It’s another example of Republican […]

Child sex abuse survivors beg Ohio lawmakers to eliminate statute of limitations

BY: - October 24, 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. Child sexual abuse survivors begged Ohio lawmakers last week to eliminate the statute of limitations, […]

Householder defense in racketeering trial previewed in fight over campaign finance experts

BY: - October 21, 2022

A fight over expert testimony in the felony racketeering trial of former Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder offers a window into the ex-legislative leader’s defense strategy over his alleged role in the $1.3 billion First Energy bailout, political bribery scandal. U.S. attorneys filed a response this week the U.S. Southern District of Ohio court […]

Costs of incarceration rise as inflation squeezes inmates, families

BY: - October 21, 2022

Across the nation, prison commissaries are raising prices on items that many consider basic necessities — from deodorant to fresh fruit — not provided by the state department of corrections. The markups come as decades-high inflation is also squeezing inmates’ families, making it harder for them to help.  It’s a burden that families shouldn’t have […]

Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey Carr removed from bench, suspended by Ohio Supreme Court

BY: and - October 20, 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. On Tuesday, the Ohio Supreme Court issued an opinion removing Judge Pinkey S. Carr […]

Despite reports of harm, DeWine refuses comment on abortion ban law

BY: - October 19, 2022

With Gov. Mike DeWine’s blessing, Ohio is in court, fighting to reimpose strict abortion regulations under a law he signed in 2019. But he’s refusing to publicly comment on the numerous stories of suffering it caused during the 11 weeks it was enforced. The law DeWine signed, Senate Bill 23, bans abortion after fetal cardiac […]

Analysis: Theory vs. reality. The Dobbs ruling and women’s health

BY: - October 17, 2022

When the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned abortion protections in Roe v Wade, the majority wrote that it’s up to the states to decide whether to allow abortions, restrict them or to ban them altogether. In other words, the six justices were saying that the U.S. Constitution gives no more protections to people who […]

Issue 1: Voters to decide whether judges would be required to consider public safety in setting bail

BY: - October 17, 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. Issue 1 on Ohio’s 2022 general election ballot will allow voters to determine if […]

Privacy, stigma may keep workers from using abortion travel benefits

BY: - October 12, 2022

This article originally appeared in Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Several major corporations, from Amazon to Walmart, are promising to pay travel expenses for employees and family members who must leave their home states to receive a legal abortion. But experts who advise those companies say their well-intentioned promises to invest in […]