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Statewide News
12:16 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Ohio Youth Sex Offender Registration Rule Blocked

The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down a state law requiring juvenile sex offenders convicted in juvenile courts to register as sex offenders for life.

Today (Tuesday) the court ruled 5-2 that the requirement enacted in a 2007 law is unconstitutional because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and violates children's due process rights.

Justice Paul Pfeifer said the mandatory registration undercuts the rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile system.  He said it also eliminates the role of juvenile judges in determining the best punishment for young offenders.

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Statewide News
8:25 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Ohio Supreme Court Dismisses Personhood Amendment Challenge

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The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge aimed at blocking efforts by a group that's seeking to declare in the state constitution that life begins when a human egg is fertilized.

A proposed amendment from Personhood Ohio would expand the definition of a person to include every human being at every stage of biological development, including fertilization.

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Statewide News
1:30 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Ohio Court Upholds Police Rescue of Suicidal Man

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The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the actions of police officers who pulled over a suicidal man, then
took his gun from the glove compartment without a warrant.

The court says an exception to the Fourth Amendment for people providing emergency aid allows officers to make a traffic stop if they believe a person's life is in danger.

The court ruled 6-1 Thursday that Vandalia officers acted properly when they pulled over a truck driven by Richard Dunn in 2008 after getting a phone tip that he had a weapon and planned to kill himself.

Statewide News
9:17 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Ohio Death Penalty Review Committee Meets Again

A state Supreme Court task force analyzing the effectiveness of Ohio's capital punishment law plans another
meeting today as part of its year-long review.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor convened the task force while making it clear it won't debate whether the state should have the death penalty.

The panel has discussed whether Ohio should consider a statewide approach to charging murder defendants with death penalty charges to avoid disparities that arise from county to county.

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Statewide News
4:04 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Ohio Court Backs 2-Trial System for Lawsuit Claims

The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a law allowing either side in personal injury lawsuits to request separate trials for damages meant to compensate victims and those meant to punish a company.

Lawmakers enacted the two-trial system as part of sweeping 2005 changes to how such lawsuits are conducted in Ohio that included controversial limits on the size of awards.

The court ruled 5-2 Wednesday that the law was constitutional and did not violate the separation of powers.

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