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Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Student Journalist, Opening Private University Police Records

Student Press Law Center | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Student Press Law Center

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of a former student journalist Thursday, determining that police departments at private universities are public entities and must release records under the state's open records law.

State Supreme Court: Municipalities Can't Regulate Drilling On Their Own

AP | By JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 04.19.2015 | Green

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Certain local zoning laws aimed at limiting fracking can't be used to circumvent the state's authority over oil and gas drilli...

Creationism Chaos Ensues In Spar Over Contentious Ex-Teacher

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Supreme Court justices sparred with lawyers on Wednesday in a heated hour of arguments over the extent to which a now-fir...

Tea Party Favorite In Hot Water

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican nominee for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat, Josh Mandel, is being sued by a liberal political blog over his state office's refus...

Ohio's Catholic Bishops Urge End To Death Penalty

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Reginald Fields Religion News Service COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Catholic bishops of Ohio are calling on Gov. John Kasich and state lawmakers to abolis...

How An All-GOP Ohio Supreme Court and Sky Bank KO'd Your Grandma

Jeff Coryell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Coryell

Ohio's seven-member Supreme Court had been an exclusively Republican club until Gov. Ted Strickland appointed Chief Justice Eric Brown last April. Now...

Guessing Games: Ohio Supreme Court Allows Law Enforcement to Cite Motorists for Speeding Without Radar

Jeff Coryell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Coryell

Imagine this -- it's a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. You are on the way to church, a football game or an afternoon with the kids at the park. You...

Doctors and Insurance Companies Purchase their Policy at the Ohio Supreme Court

Jeff Coryell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Coryell

Although judicial elections tend to attract far less notice than top-of-the-ticket races, the scandalous "justice for sale" financing of Republican c...

Ohio Homeowners in Foreclosure See a Little Light through the Darkness

Jeff Coryell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Coryell

Ohio's been written about as one of the hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis  - from the Wall Street Journal to USA Today and the New York Times.  ...

Baby Vaughn Court Battle

Robin Sax | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robin Sax

The best interest of children, while a default standard in family law cases (i.e. divorce), seems not to matter to some states when it comes to adoption. Baby Vaughn is a case in point.

$6.4M fine in Ohio for illegal practice of law

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered two estate planning companies and their co-owners to pay nearly $6.4 million, the state's largest-ever fine for the fraudulent practice of law.

The owners and employees of American Family Prepaid Legal Corp. and Heritage Marketing and Insurance Services Inc. of Columbus committed more than 3,800 acts of unauthorized law practice by participating in a "trust mill" operation, the court said.

The ruling comes about six years after a complaint by the Columbus Bar Association against the companies was resolved when American Family, Heritage and its owners signed an agreement in which they promised to stop marketing and preparing trusts and other estate planning services.

From March 2003 to March 2005, the companies targeted Ohioans 65 and older with exaggerated mail and magazine advertising aimed at dissuading them from obtaining a will. Sales representatives who were not licensed as attorneys to advise on estate planning gave "high-pressure" in-home presentations in which customers were told they would save money by purchasing one of the companies' living trusts, the court said.

The court permanently barred the California-based companies, and co-owners Jeffrey and Stanley Norman, from marketing, selling or preparing living trusts, estate planning documents and other legal services in Ohio. Other company employees were ordered to pay fines ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.

Critical US Supreme Court Ruling Against Rovian GOP Vote Meddling May Prove Temporary

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

In its on-going campaign to inject chaos and confusion into the voting process, the GOP has sued Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

Ohio 2008 Opens With a Subpoena, A Surge and Calls For Election Protection

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

The presidency could again be decided here by how well what's left of the American democratic process can be protected.

Dems Target Young People, Homeless In Ohio

AP | STEPHEN MAJORS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign blitzed bars and advocates for the homeless have lined up vans to ferry potential...