Ohio Supreme Court


Decarceration goals can and should be Ohio’s new normal

BY: - April 1, 2020

The United States has the largest incarceration rate in the world. If the average daily population of those held behind bars in the United States were a city, it would have a larger population than Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Dayton combined.  While mass incarceration has always had devastating consequences for individuals, families, and communities, it […]

Wrongful convictions, Lake Erie erosion, and unpaid state loans

BY: - February 26, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Unjust justice. Columbus Dispatch’s Randy Ludlow is reporting, “Can Ohio end wrongful convictions that sent 83 […]

Supreme court reviews challenge to drinking-and-guns ban: ‘How’s he… protecting anybody?’

BY: - February 25, 2020

A drunk person, in the sanctity of his home, has every right to lawfully use a firearm, Stephen Palmer argued before the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday. Palmer is representing Frederick Weber, a Clermont County man who was convicted under an Ohio law that prohibits intoxicated people from carrying or using a firearm. Weber, 50, […]

Ohio Supreme Court to hear challenge to law barring firearms and booze

BY: - February 20, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court will test the old adage that guns and alcohol don’t mix. The justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments next week centered on a Clermont County man challenging the constitutionality of a state law prohibiting the use of firearms while under the influence of alcohol. In a show of concern, legal […]

The money and interests targeting Ohio’s legislature and Supreme Court in 2020

BY: - February 17, 2020

It’s not an understatement to say this November’s General Election will have monstrous implications. Everything comes to a head in this 2020 cycle: the legislatures, the courts, the census, control of the new redistricting effort and a presidential race sure to bring immense turnout this fall.  As such, both political parties are doing everything they […]

Supreme Court nixes Franklin County Democrat’s ballot challenge

BY: - February 14, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court struck down an effort from a Franklin County Democrat seeking a spot on the primary ballot for the state House of Representatives. In an opinion released Friday, all but one justice nixed the petition from Tiffany White, who alleged the Franklin County Board of Elections improperly discounted several signatures on her […]

Lawyers, law firms pony up donations in Ohio Supreme Court races

BY: - February 12, 2020

The candidates vying for two Ohio Supreme Court justice positions are seeing their cases bolstered by deep support from the legal profession.  Hundreds of private law firms and individual attorneys are putting their best feet forward in supporting the four candidates with campaign contributions, a review of campaign finance records by the Capital Journal has […]

Homeless advocate takes Akron’s ‘tent city’ rejection to Ohio Supreme Court

BY: - February 11, 2020

An Akron man is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to intervene in the city’s refusal to allow him to host an encampment for homeless people in his own backyard. Sage Lewis, who runs The Homeless Charity and Village, filed his appeal last week seeking to challenge Akron officials’ refusals to allow him to harbor the […]

Dem House candidate takes ballot fight to state Supreme Court

BY: - January 30, 2020

A Franklin County Democrat is asking the state Supreme Court to override the Franklin County Board of Elections’ refusal to place her on the party’s primary ballot. To appear on the ballot for the 25th House District, Tiffany White needed 50 valid signatures on her nominating petition. She submitted 89 in December. The Franklin County […]

Medical cannabis for Browns/Bengals fans? Plus, mass incarceration and form letters

BY: - January 9, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Sweet relief? Cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias is reporting, “Officials with Ohio’s medical marijuana program on Tuesday revealed 27 […]

Future of state utilities commission hinges on selection of new commissioner

BY: - January 6, 2020

The direction of an unheralded, but important agency tasked with regulating Ohio’s utility services may be determined by the upcoming selection of a new commissioner. Meanwhile, another agency which serves as an advocate for Ohio utility consumers wants a more transparent process by which commissioners are picked.  The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is made […]

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Ohio political storylines to watch in 2020

BY: - January 3, 2020

Earlier this week, the Ohio Capital Journal outlined a number of policy areas to watch in 2020. This is also shaping up to be an important election year. Today we look at some of the key political storylines to keep an eye on in 2020: Ohio Supreme Court: GOP majority, or Dem sweep? Two judicial […]