Criminal Justice & Policing

They called 911 for help. Police and prosecutors used a new junk science to decide they were liars

BY: - January 3, 2023

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Economists: Mental health, social spending will pay for itself

BY: - December 29, 2022

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed package of expanded mental health services has drawn the near-unanimous approval of a panel of Ohio economists, according to a survey released this week. But one questioned how likely it is to actually happen. DeWine in November renewed an earlier proposal to use $85 million in unexpended federal coronavirus aid […]

Ohio Supreme Court rules against cap in child sex abuse cases

BY: - December 20, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court said child victims deal with enough pain and suffering without having their monetary damages capped in court cases. A 4-3 decision from the court ruled that limits on “noneconomic damages” shouldn’t be applied to youth victims who “suffer traumatic, extensive and chronic psychological injury as a result of intentional criminal acts […]

Health care giant pays Iowa $44M to settle fraud claims with Iowa

BY: - December 20, 2022

The nation’s largest Medicaid managed-care company last week agreed to pay Iowa $44.4 million to settle claims that it defrauded the state’s Medicaid system. That makes it the latest state to settle claims that were originally raised in Ohio in 2021. St. Louis-based Centene agreed to pay the money over claims that its subsidiary, Iowa […]

U.S. House Jan. 6 panel refers Trump for criminal charges, including inciting insurrection

BY: - December 20, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in a historic vote agreed unanimously Monday to refer former President Donald Trump and others to the Justice Department for potential criminal charges, including inciting or aiding an insurrection. Trump associates, including attorneys John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro and White House Chief […]

LIST: Notable lame-duck Ohio bills that have now passed ahead of the holiday recess

BY: and - December 16, 2022

The following article was originally published on 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. While several high-profile bills that would have altered the State Board of Education’s role […]

Ohio Supreme Court: Woman charged in death of newborn at sorority house should be re-sentenced

BY: - December 9, 2022

A college student who gave birth in a sorority house bathroom and was convicted of murder after throwing the baby away will receive a new sentencing hearing, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. Emile Weaver is afforded a new hearing after a trial court’s denial of a post-conviction petition was “unreasonable and arbitrary and […]

Ohio abortion foe calls for doctor discipline in miscarriage, doesn’t address other problems

BY: - December 5, 2022

The state’s most prominent anti-abortion group is calling on medical authorities to investigate emergency-room doctors reported to have denied care to a woman suffering a miscarriage.  But it won’t comment directly on other health problems doctors say have been caused by a restrictive abortion law that took effect when the U.S. Supreme Court repealed Roe […]

Bill to protect gun stores and firearm owners during state of emergency passes Ohio House

BY: - December 5, 2022

The following article was originally published on 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.   A bill to protect gun stores and firearm owners during a state of […]

Opponents question harsher sentences for illegal gun possession in Ohio

BY: - November 23, 2022

An Ohio House measure aimed at increasing penalties for those who have a gun illegally is advancing in committee. But its opponents argue it won’t change the problems it sets out to fix. Ohio state Rep. Kyle Koehler’s HB 383 raises the penalty for illegally possessing a weapon from a third-degree to a second-degree felony […]

Ohio Democratic lawmakers push bill to reestablish local control on gun violence protection

BY: - November 22, 2022

Ohio Democratic lawmakers are pushing to reestablish local control over gun regulation as well as repeal so-called ‘stand your ground’ in Ohio, though neither bill is likely to become law considering Republican supermajorities. The two new Democrat-led bills hope to address gun violence happening in urban centers. With Republican supermajorities in the legislature, and bigger […]

Experts: Trauma builds, ending for some at death row

BY: - November 18, 2022

Invariably, the crimes over which people land on death row are soaked in trauma, often consisting of the most violent deaths suffered by sympathetic victims. But it’s also often the case that those accused of perpetrating them have traumatic histories of their own. On Thursday, a pair of experts told a group of defense attorneys […]