Latest Ohio Supreme Court News

Ohio court to hear appeal over video of judge being shot

Jan. 21, 2020 2:15 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will hear an appeal of a ruling that surveillance video showing a judge being shot and wounded at a courthouse is a security record and shouldn't be released to The Associated Press. The state's high court decided that it would hear the AP's...

FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court speaks during a forum sponsored by The Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio.  The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a recommendation that assessment tools used to measure offenders' likelihood of skipping out on court appearances after an arrest be made available to all judges as they make bond decisions.  O'Connor and Justice Michael Donnelly voted in favor of the assessment tools. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)

Court rejects use of system to assess candidates for bail

Jan. 21, 2020 9:39 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a recommendation that tools used to measure offenders' suitability for being released after an arrest be made available to all judges as they make bail decisions. Requiring the availability of so-called “risk assessment tools” was the...

Court to hear case of doctor whose conviction overturned

Jan. 14, 2020 1:12 AM EST

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Appeals in the case of a doctor whose conviction on sexual imposition charges of groping some of his female patients was overturned will be heard by the Ohio Supreme Court. Dr. James Gideon was found guilty in 2018 in Lima Municipal Court on three sexual imposition counts. He was...

Court to consider jurisdiction over juvenile sex offenders

Dec. 31, 2019 11:29 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to clarify how long juvenile court judges have jurisdiction over youthful sex offenders. At issue is a Cincinnati-area defendant who sexually abused two young relatives when he was 14, according to court records. The defendant was convicted in...

Prosecutor opposes school shooter appeal to Ohio high court

Dec. 26, 2019 11:24 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The prosecutor is opposing a convicted school shooter's request for the Ohio Supreme Court to hear an appeal in his case. Ely Serna was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for the 2017 shooting that critically wounded another teen at a high school in West Liberty, roughly 45...

Court to weigh group's effort to block nuclear plant rescue

Dec. 24, 2019 10:40 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear arguments from a group attempting to overturn the roughly $1 billion financial rescue of Ohio's two nuclear power plants. Lawmakers in July approved the rescue by adding a new fee on every electricity bill in the state and scaling back...

Ohio court sends TV news defamation case back to lower court

Dec. 18, 2019 10:41 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court must reconsider its decision that a defamation lawsuit can proceed over allegations a television station falsely labeled three siblings as “robbers," Ohio's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. A Columbus family sued WBNS-TV in 2016 after the station reported on a...

High Court: 'Dangerous Dog' label not needed for prosecution

Dec. 17, 2019 2:20 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A dog suspected of posing a danger to people does not have to carry an official “dangerous dog” label under state law for prosecutors to charge an owner for violating the law, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. As long as prosecutors have evidence that the dog in...

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy seeks re-election

Dec. 5, 2019 6:55 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy says she will seek re-election next year. In a statement shared by the Ohio Republican Party, the 57-year-old Kennedy noted she has worked in the justice system for over three decades, including as a police officer, a lawyer and a magistrate...

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy seeks re-election

Dec. 5, 2019 1:59 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy says she will seek re-election next year. In a statement shared by the Ohio Republican Party, the 57-year-old Kennedy noted she has worked in the justice system for over three decades, including as a police officer, a lawyer and a magistrate...