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Life sentence upheld for child porn user

A federal appeals court this week affirmed the life sentence of a Virginia man convicted of traveling interstate with the intention of engaging in sexual conduct with a minor. The defendant, David Vickers, appealed the sentence he received in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio arguing that he was unfairly [...]

By | Friday, March 24, 2017|

Safe bike passing distance law starts

Motorists are now required to give bicyclists at least three feet of passing clearance through a new law— House Bill 154, signed by Gov. Kasich in December and effective this week. In order to improve safety, drivers should watch for bicyclists and know that in Ohio it is now illegal to squeeze past them. When [...]

By | Friday, March 24, 2017|

Federal court gives students chance to parry with judges

SAN FRANCISCO — Arguing a case before a panel of federal appeals-court judges can be daunting even for experienced lawyers. Their clients often have much at stake, and the judges can be relentless, interrupting with questions to point out weaknesses and even occasionally to scold. So Helen Andrews was understandably anxious when, as a third-year [...]

By | Friday, March 24, 2017|

Proposed bill would allow Ohio townships to expand their snow, ice removal policies

Possibly the only remaining trace of winter in the Buckeye State this week was discussion of a bill posed by a Port Clinton lawmaker interested in allowing the state’s statutorily bound townships to advance snow and ice removal policies within their jurisdictional boundaries. Despite the calendar marking the arrival of spring, Republican Rep. Steve Arndt, [...]

By | Thursday, March 23, 2017|

Ohio Supreme Court orders explanation of low appraisal of two senior housing complexes

A recent decision from the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals to explain its tax valuations for two Grove City senior housing complexes in detail. In a 6-1 per curiam opinion, the high court vacated the board’s approval of a combined $1.5 million valuation of Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio [...]

By | Thursday, March 23, 2017|

Supreme Court of Ohio: Justices will hear strip club case as high court hits the road

The Ohio Supreme Court will take its show on the road next month as it hears oral arguments in three cases in Morgan County on April 6. The visit, according to the high court’s news service, is the spring iteration of the court’s semi-annual Off-Site Court program, which it does twice a year. “Part of [...]

By | Wednesday, March 22, 2017|

From bedroom to boardroom, Supreme Court is in your business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Quick, name a Supreme Court justice. OK, name three. One of the current justices, Stephen Breyer, once noted wryly that their names are less well-known than those of the Three Stooges. But from the time Americans roll out of bed in the morning until they turn in, the court’s rulings are woven [...]

By | Wednesday, March 22, 2017|

Westerville attorney reprimanded for forging client’s signature

The Ohio Supreme Court has issued a public reprimand for a Westerville attorney who lied to a tribunal. In an unanimous per curiam opinion issued last week, the high court considered a second amended complaint filed by the Disciplinary Counsel on June 8, 2016 against Amy Michelle Moore, who was admitted to the practice of [...]

By | Tuesday, March 21, 2017|

Attorney suspended for misusing client trust account funds

The Ohio Supreme Court recently imposed a fully stayed one-year suspension on a Medina attorney whose ethical violations were due to “an honest misunderstanding” of trust account rules. The disciplinary case concerned Richard Barbera who was admitted into the practice of law in Ohio in 1994. In 2015, the Disciplinary Counsel charged Barbera with professional [...]

By | Monday, March 20, 2017|

Plan would make it illegal to demand money to remove mugshots from websites

A measure that would make it a criminal offense for mugshot tabloid publications and websites to demand payment to remove, correct, modify or refrain from publishing details of an individual’s criminal record cleared the Ohio House of Representatives last week. House Bill 6 calls for the prohibition of the activity, which testimony suggested targets unfairly [...]

By | Monday, March 20, 2017|