Latest Ohio Supreme Court News

Ohio Supreme Court sets date for ancient burial mound case

Jan. 15, 2021 4:41 PM EST

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing for debate over providing public access to a set of ancient burial mounds. At issue before the court is the 2,000-year-old Octagon Mounds in Newark in central Ohio, part of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks. The earthworks, with several...

District says it shouldn't have to give workers gun training

Jan. 12, 2021 4:47 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A school district that voted after a deadly shooting to allow employees to be armed argued Tuesday in Ohio’s highest court that they shouldn’t have to first provide police-level training to those workers. The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments from both sides in...

Ohio high court dismisses convicted school shooter's appeal

Dec. 31, 2020 5:13 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has reversed course and decided not to hear an appeal by a convicted school shooter. The court dismissed Ely Serna's case in an opinion Thursday that listed the case as “improvidently accepted,” without further explanation. Serna was sentenced to...

Ohio Supreme Court stops collection of nuclear plant subsidy

Dec. 28, 2020 5:53 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Monday issued a temporary stay to stop collection of a fee from nearly every electric customer in the state starting Jan. 1 to subsidize two nuclear power plants, a provision included in a scandal-tainted bill approved by the state Legislature in July 2019. The...

Arrest of man for handling gun while drunk at home is upheld

Dec. 23, 2020 12:05 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The arrest of a man handling a weapon while he was drunk in his own home was constitutional, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. An attorney for defendant Fred Weber had argued his 2018 arrest was unconstitutional because he was at home and the weapon was unloaded at the...

In this 2016 photo, Muskingum County Common Pleas Judge Mark C. Fleegle reads during a court proceeding in Zanesville, Ohio. In December 2020, Fleegle, who failed to adopt written rules for mask wearing and other coronavirus prevention measures, has been barred from overseeing two upcoming trials. His lack of written procedures makes it difficult for jurors and others to know what's expected of them, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor said in an order. (Chris Crook/Times Recorder via AP)

Ohio judge pulled from cases over coronavirus concerns

Dec. 23, 2020 10:24 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge who failed to adopt written rules for mask wearing and other coronavirus prevention measures has been removed from two cases by the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Although Muskingum County Court Judge Mark Fleegle announced some preventative steps after a...

Ohio Supreme Court: Sentence in child's death isn't too long

Dec. 22, 2020 8:15 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has reinstated the 10-year prison sentence given to an Ohio couple convicted of failing to obtain medical care for their special-needs daughter who died. In a 6-1 ruling issued Monday, the justices found the 8th District Court of Appeals overstepped its...

Divided court dismisses challenge to Ohio bump stock ban

Dec. 20, 2020 12:21 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to a now-repealed ordinance in Ohio’s capital city banning bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the state's highest court ruled 4-3 Friday that two Ohio...

FILE - In this Monday Aug. 21, 2017 file photo shows evidence markers being placed on N. Court Street and the sidewalk next to the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, after Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was ambushed and shot earlier in the day. The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that security camera footage of the judge being shot and wounded is a public record. The court's Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 ruling sided with arguments by The Associated Press in seeking access to the video. (Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Prosecutor releases security video of Ohio judge being shot

Dec. 18, 2020 5:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Surveillance video showing an Ohio judge being shot and wounded at a courthouse before the assailant was himself shot and killed has been released by a county prosecutor. The video was made public by Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin following a three-year open records fight for...

Death sentence rejected for teen who killed Kent St student

Dec. 17, 2020 10:38 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the death sentence for a man who fatally shot a Kent State University student during a robbery, citing the killer's youth at the time and his history of substance abuse and mental health issues. Death row inmate Damantae Graham was sentenced...