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Federal Court Bars Re-Prosecution of Man Who Spent 21 Years on Death Row

On Monday, a federal appeals court barred the re-prosecution of Joe D’Ambrosio, who spent more than twenty-one years in prison and on death row for the 1988 murder of Tony Klann. D’Ambrosio was released after a federal judge ruled that Cuyahoga County prosecutors failed to give evidence that could have exonerated him. In 2010, U.S. […]

JobsOhio Suit Is Refiled in County Court

Two state lawmakers and a policy group are re-filing a lawsuit against the private job-creation board JobsOhio. The suit challenges the law championed by Governor John Kasich creating an appointed nine-member board to handle economic development deals. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled last week that the Court was the wrong venue to hear the case. […]

Brown: Rooting for the Sox Is Like Rooting for the Drug Companies

Senator Sherrod Brown appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on August 4, 2011. The segment opened with a report about the Boston Red Sox beating the Cleveland Indians the night before. In response, Sen. Brown threw the Boston fans a curveball. “Rooting for the Red Sox is like rooting for the drug companies,” Brown said. “I […]

Appeals Court Will Not Order Shipping Locks Closed to Stop Asian Carp

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court rejected the request of Ohio and four other Great Lakes states to close Chicago shipping locks to stop the advance of Asian carp. The three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with December’s district court decision finding that the invasive species did not seem an imminent […]

Ohio Supreme Court Sets Two New Execution Dates

The Ohio Supreme Court has set two execution dates in 2013, the furthest into the future the court has scheduled executions. Uncertainty hangs over the new dates because of a shortage of the drug Ohio uses to execute inmates and because of questions about how well the state follows its execution procedures. There are ten […]

Rules Passed by State House Severely Restict Voting Rights

In 2008, more than 1.7 million Ohioans cast ballots in person or by mail before Election Day. Nearly a third of all votes cast in Ohio were cast by early voters. If our state legislators have their way, however, we will not be able to do it again. A new law, rushed through the State […]

Court Overturns $4.3 Million Award to Former Inmate

An appeals court has reversed the decision to award $4.3 million to a former inmate who was paralyzed during a flag football game at the Mansfield Correctional Camp. Eric Schnetz, 33, of Akron, broke his neck when he was tackled during the 2004 and lost the use of his arms and legs. Schnetz argued the […]

Ohio To Require Post-Execution Procedure Review

On Friday, the Ohio prisons department announced it would require a post-execution review of all lethal injections in response to a federal court judge’s criticism. The requirement calls for a “quality assurance review” by a special assistant designated by the director of the prisons department. It must include an evaluation of the execution team and […]

Supreme Court Dismisses Suit Challenging JobsOhio

On Friday, the Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Republican Governor John Kasich’s privatized department of development, JobsOhio. Those who filed the suit are pleased with the decision because they say it proves the bill that created JobsOhio, House Bill 1, is unconstitutional. The suit will be refiled in a lower […]

Gov. Kasich Asks for Compromise to Keep SB5 Off the Ballot

On Wednesday, Governor John Kasich backtracked on Senate Bill 5, asking union leaders to negotiate a compromise on the collective bargaining law he championed and end efforts to repeal it. Gov. Kasich made clear he wants the SB5 voter referendum to go away, but he did not outline provisions of the law he is willing […]