Ohio Supreme Court

Ohio Supreme Court
11:24 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court Ruling Allows Traffic Cameras

State lawmakers are requiring a police officer be posted at each camera, which essentially bans the practice.
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Just as state lawmakers pass a bill that will likely end most traffic camera programs in Ohio, the state’s highest court has ruled cities have the authority to use those red light and speed cameras.

The lawyer for ticketed-driver Bradley Walker argued before the Ohio Supreme Court in June that Toledo’s administrative hearing process to appeal a traffic citation was unconstitutional because state lawmakers haven’t specifically allowed it. He says appeals should have to go through municipal court. Toledo Law Director Adam Loukx disagreed. 

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Death Penalty
7:26 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Court Upholds Death Sentence For Cincinnati Man

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence for a Cincinnati man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and two young children.

Mark Pickens was sentenced to die in 2010 after a jury found him guilty in the shootings of 19-year-old Noelle Washington, her infant son and a 3-year-old girl she was babysitting a year earlier.

The court's ruling issued Tuesday rejected Pickens' arguments that questioned testimony at the trial and how the jurors were selected.

Pickens was 19 at the time of the shootings.

Election 2014
8:09 am
Wed November 5, 2014

French And Kennedy Retain Ohio Supreme Court Seats

Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French has held onto her seat in one of the year's toughest races.

The former Tenth District Court of Appeals judge turned back a challenge from Democrat John P. O'Donnell, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge. O'Donnell drew late criticism for breaking a clean campaign pledge with a negative TV ad.

French was appointed to the seven-member high court in 2012 by Republican Gov. John Kasich. She acknowledged she was concerned O'Donnell's Irish surname would play better with voters than the name French.

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Election 2014
9:25 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Kennedy keeps Ohio Supreme Court Seat, Tops Letson

Republican Sharon Kennedy has served as an Ohio Supreme Court Justice since 2012

Republican Sharon Kennedy has been re-elected to the Ohio Supreme Court by defeating Democratic state Rep. Tom Letson.

Kennedy was first elected as one of the high court's seven members in 2012. Before that, she was an administrative judge on the Butler County Domestic Relations Court, a magistrate and a warrant officer.

The 52-year-old from Liberty Township was endorsed by the Ohio affiliates of the National Rifle Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business, among others.

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Statewide News
5:40 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Ohio Court To Hear Former Death Row Inmate's Claim

The Ohio Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of a former death row inmate trying to clear his name in a pair of slayings he didn't commit.

Dale Johnston of suburban Columbus was sentenced to die in 1984 for the shooting deaths of his teenage stepdaughter and her fiance two years earlier.

The case against him fell apart on appeal, and he was freed in 1990. Another man confessed in 2008 to killing the couple.

Two years ago, a Franklin County judge declared the 80-year-old Johnston innocent in the slayings, allowing him to seek compensation from the state.

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