Judges

Federal Judge Halts Ohio Executions until 2015

In May, U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost issued a moratorium on executions in Ohio, in the wake of Dennis McGuire’s troubling January execution. Judge Frost urged attorneys defending inmates, as well as the state, to “work together to coordinate efforts so that the court can set necessary deadlines following expiration of the stay.” As the […]

Growing Chorus Laments Lack of JobsOhio Oversight

When Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer lamented the courts’ lack of jurisdiction over Gov. John Kasich‘s privatized job-creation board last week, he joined a growing chorus. State lawmakers created JobsOhio in 2011 in a bill containing sweeping exemptions from public records and ethics laws. Justice Pfeifer, a Republican, wondered aloud during Wednesday’s oral arguments in a JobsOhio case […]

Judge Tells Man in Courtroom He’s Still Legally Dead

There’s no easy way to come back from the dead. Donald Miller, Jr. went to court to ask a judge to reverse a 1994 ruling that declared him legally dead after he had disappeared from his home eight years earlier. The judge denied his request, citing a three-year time limit for changing a death ruling. […]

Ohio Supreme Court: Judge Stokes Should Undergo Psychiatric Examination

Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Angela Stokes may be “suffering from a mental illness that substantially impairs her ability to perform her duties as a judicial officer,” according to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel. A report recommends to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline that Stokes […]

Ohio to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage on Death Certificate

Despite a constitutional amendment to the contrary, Ohio will recognize a same-sex couple’s marriage for the first time. The recognition will be bittersweet for David Michener, however, as the marriage will be noted on the death certificate of his husband, William Herbert Ives, who died unexpectedly on August 27. According to an obituary, Ives leaves three children. […]

Authorities Prevented Again from Banning Couple’s Marriage in Ohio

On Tuesday, a judge extended the temporary restraining order preventing authorities from enforcing Ohio’s gay marriage ban against two men as one of them nears death. Judge Timothy Black extended his earlier order until December 31, which will protect John Arthur and James Obergefell’s marriage as their lawsuit against state and local authorities proceeds. The […]

Judge: Ohio Can Execute Again

Ohio’s de facto moratorium on the death penalty is over. The judge who halted capital punishment in January after slamming the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for failing to follow its own rules in carrying out executions issued an order Wednesday that will allow capital punishment to resume. U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost of the […]

Federal Judge Halts Another Ohio Execution

Executions in Ohio may be on hold again as state prison officials refine their lethal-injection protocol to meet a federal judge’s requirements. Without objection from the Attorney General, U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost halted the execution of Michael Webb and allowed Mr. Webb to join other death-penalty defendants in a lawsuit challenging the state’s lethal-injection […]

Dimora Prosecutors Want to Present Extra Evidence

Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and his friends tried to use their influence to sway court cases in courts across the county, according to prosecutors. The prosecutors asked the judge overseeing the case against Mr. Dimora and Michael Gabor Jr. to let jurors hear about nine instances that aren’t part of the charges. Prosecutors […]

Cleveland Sues to Keep Its Trans Fat Ban

  Cleveland has a message for Ohio legislators: We have the right to make laws on what we prohibit inside our borders, not you.   Last April, Cleveland City Council passed a law to ban restaurants from using cooking oils containing trans fats, as part of its Healthy Cleveland initiative.   In June, the Ohio […]