Attorney General Mike DeWine

An advisory panel appointed by Ohio's attorney general is expected to start reviewing the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has named two former Ohio Supreme Court justices to the panel, along with a county prosecutor, a sheriff and others.

The group planned to have its first meeting Tuesday at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in London.

The state's attorney general has named two former Ohio Supreme Court justices to a commission that will study the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which had asked for a commission seat, was absent from Attorney General Mike DeWine's list on Thursday. Included were former high court justices Yvette McGee Brown and Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, a county prosecutor, a sheriff and a police chief.

For nearly three months, law enforcement around the state have been able to run driver’s license photos through a facial recognition software. The attorney general says it’s a good program to have, but critics are concerned about the way they found out about it.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize the use of marijuana in the state.

DeWine on Monday rejected the proposal saying the petition's summary was not "fair and truthful."

A DeWine spokesman says the proposed regulatory scheme did not restrict the use of cannabis to medicinal purposes.

The Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has released a preliminary report regarding a July 30 standoff at a Yellow Springs residence that lasted nearly six hours.

During a morning press conference, Yellow Springs Council President Judith Hempling and Vice-President Lori Askeland released a detailed statement about the recent standoff situation involving Paul E. Schenck.

The state's attorney general is urging Ohioans to watch out for scams involving utilities after two people reported losing about $800 each after unsolicited phone calls.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the caller claimed to represent a utility company and demanded payment.  He says dozens of other consumers have said they've received unsolicited calls about lowering their energy rates.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says local law enforcement agencies reported 30 human-trafficking cases in the state in the past year.

The numbers were released Thursday as part of a new Ohio law requiring local agencies to collect data on human trafficking cases and report it to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office.

The state attorney general says Ohioans who lost homes to foreclosure and are eligible claimants under last year's national mortgage settlement will be sent payments during the next week. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the checks will be worth about $1,480 for each loan serviced and can help Ohioans facing financial hardship. More than 32,000 loan claims were accepted in Ohio.

Borrowers who lost homes to foreclosure sales between 2008 and 2011 were eligible for payments under the settlement if they met certain requirements. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is ready to announce the recommendations of a committee formed to evaluate school safety in the wake of last year's school shootings in Connecticut and in Chardon in northeast Ohio.

The task force includes educators and police and fire officials ordered to review ways to improve school safety plans.

The plans are schools' responses to a variety of emergencies, from active shooters to fires, accidents, severe weather or medical emergencies.

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