Teen who stabbed Westerville jogger to death loses appeal

Published: 03/27/2015

A young man found guilty of stabbing a jogger to death in Westerville’s Ridgewood Park lost his argument this week when the 10th District Court of Appeals ruled that he was properly tried as an adult.

The young man, Jordan Stewart, appealed his conviction from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and asserted that he was not properly bound over to adult court and that Ohio’s bindover laws are unconstitutional.

The three-judge appellate panel overruled both of those arguments and affirmed his convictions and 18 year prison sentence.

Registration of home improvement contractors sought

Published: 03/27/2015

Proponents, opponents and interested parties have weighed in on a bill that would require statewide registration of home improvement contractors.

The proposed legislation, House Bill 77, is sponsored by Rep. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland.

Danielle Serino, an investigative reporter with the CBS affiliate in Cleveland, testified in support of the bill.

Owners of 20 abused animals ordered to wait for criminal proceedings before appeal

Published: 03/27/2015

This week, the 11th District Court of Appeals ruled that the Portage County Municipal Court’s finding of probable cause in an animal cruelty case was not a final appealable order.

The ruling resulted in the dismissal of the appeal of Keith and Kathy Beck, who had 20 animals seized from their property after they were suspected of subjecting dogs and cats to cruelty and abandoning them.

Trial strategy remains key in winning cases

Published: 03/27/2015

This week, a former Louisiana prosecutor, A.M. “Marty” Stroud, penned a letter apologizing for his role in sending an innocent man to death row.

That man, Glenn Ford was released earlier this month after spending 30 years in a penitentiary for a murder he did not commit.

In his letter, Stroud mentioned the unfairness of Ford having appointed counsel that had no prior capital case experience.

Brief Advice Clinics among the many pro bono options

Published: 03/27/2015

There’s no shortage of opportunities available for central Ohio lawyers who wish to donate their professional talents.

From ventures designed to connect low-income military veterans to free legal services to the court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem program to the Columbus Bar Association’s Just Take One initiative where attorneys commit to provide representation to at least one individual or family, there’s an array of options.

Court rules rehab program should have counted toward jail-time credit

Published: 03/27/2015

A man who repeatedly violated the terms of his community control recently won his appeal from the Warren County Court of Common Pleas judgment sentencing him to 16 months in prison.

A three-judge panel in the 12th District Court of Appeals released an opinion this week upholding Harold Lanter’s argument on appeal after finding that the trial court improperly calculated his jail-time credit.

Legislation would commemorate Ohio Marine who died in Iraq

Published: 03/27/2015

A bipartisan bill has been filed into the legislature to commemorate the life of Marine LCpl Stacy (Annie) Dryden.

Dryden, of Stark County, died unexpectedly from injuries she suffered in a noncombat incident on Oct. 19, 2008 in Asad, Iraq. She was 22.

House Bill 21, jointly sponsored by Reps. Kirk Schuring, R-Canton, and Stephen Slesnick, D-Canton, would designate a portion of U.S. Route 62 as the “USMC LCpl Stacy (Annie) Dryden Memorial Highway.”

Report finds that phones, friends are distracting problems for teen drivers

Published: 03/27/2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Distractions — especially talking with passengers and using cellphones — play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed nearly 1,700 videos that capture the actions of teen drivers in the moments before a crash.

It found that distractions were a factor in nearly 6 of 10 moderate to severe crashes.

Bosses have little legal recourse when workers gripe on social media

Published: 03/27/2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Bosses can get mad when staffers vent on social media about their jobs, but they may not be able to get even.

When one of Bert Martinez’ employees posted gripes about her job and the boss on Facebook last year, the publicist consulted his lawyer, who said the staffer couldn’t be fired.

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