d.j. swearingen

Delaware County judge allows part of case against Google to proceed

BY: - May 31, 2022

Attorney General Dave Yost hailed a Delaware County judge’s decision last week in his case against Google. But the preliminary decision on the search giant’s motion to dismiss was only a partial victory for the state — an invitation to make its case that Google should be regulated as a common carrier. Common carriers have […]

Bail reformers call on familiar evidence to advocate against reliance on cash bail

BY: - May 20, 2022

The day after Ohio House leaders put the brakes on cash bail-centric legislation, a different, long-simmering bail reform measure got it’s third hearing in committee. The measures offer alternative approaches to protecting public safety, and their supporters are invoking some of the same cases to make their point. When the proponents of the cash bail […]

House leaders press pause on cash bail provisions

BY: - May 19, 2022

A proposal directing judges to consider public safety when setting cash bail is in limbo after House leaders backtracked on holding a floor vote. The provisions — one statutory and one meant for the ballot — faltered because some Republican members want to see a broader bail reform measure pass alongside them. “There was discussion […]

‘Public safety’ measures that could expand cash bail racing through House

BY: - April 6, 2022

Legislation meant to reverse a state supreme court decision on how judges set bail is progressing rapidly in the Ohio House. The measures could make their way to the floor this week, despite being introduced just 10 days ago. The plan would direct judges to weigh public safety when determining the dollar value for bail. […]

Lawmakers roll out proposed constitutional amendment that could increase cash bail

BY: - March 30, 2022

Ohio Republicans may be lining up behind a constitutional amendment requiring judges to consider public safety when setting the amount of bail. The proposal is going before lawmakers as a joint resolution backed by Reps. Jeff LaRe, R-Violet Township, and D.J. Swearingen, R-Huron, in the House and Sen. Theresa Gavarone, R-Huron, in the Senate. They […]

LGBTQ icon Jim Obergefell announces Ohio House bid

BY: - January 19, 2022

Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit established marriage equality in the United States, is running for an Ohio House seat. The Sandusky native announced his bid for the 89th District Tuesday morning. In the current map, the district covers the coast in Erie and Ottawa Counties, and Obergefell put protecting Lake Erie front and center in his […]

Ohio ballots will list party affiliations for top judicial candidates

BY: - July 2, 2021

A change to Ohio’s ballot rules could impact key Supreme Court races in 2022 and influence the leaning of the state’s highest court for years to come. Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill into law Thursday that will list candidates’ party affiliations on ballots for certain judicial races. This will include races for the Ohio […]

Relief funding will make big difference in Ohio cities, leaders say

BY: - April 14, 2021

Every incorporated community in Ohio, from Aberdeen to Zoar, is set to receive at least some relief funding through the American Rescue Plan. The largest chunks are headed to metropolitan areas, whose leaders say the relief will play a major role in helping big cities navigate the pandemic recovery while dealing with other crises such […]

Lawmakers seek Ohio moratorium on evictions, foreclosures

BY: - December 4, 2020

Ohioans struggling to pay their rents or mortgages may head into 2021 without the housing protections and public assistance that have carried them through much of the pandemic this year. A federal moratorium on evictions is about to expire. Two other relief programs helping unemployed Americans are set to run out. There are believed to […]