Murder conviction for man in Columbus house shooting upheld by appellate court

Published: 07/07/2015

A 10th District Court of Appeals panel recently affirmed aggravated robbery and murder convictions for a man involved in the shooting of four people inside a home on East 17th Avenue in Columbus.

Paris Boone appealed his convictions from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, asserting that he was wrongfully restrained during his trial and that his supporters were improperly denied access to the courtroom.

The appellate panel, however, found that the trial court only took the measures necessary to keep the courtroom safe.

Proposed legislation would allow emergency personnel to report some traffic violations

Published: 07/07/2015

A bill that would grant emergency personnel in certain public safety vehicles limited authority to report traffic violations is a step closer to being signed into law.

Senate Bill 123, sponsored by Sen. Jim Hughes, R-Columbus, has been unanimously passed by the Senate and will move on to the House for further consideration.

Murderer loses appeal for shorter sentence

Published: 07/07/2015

The 6th District Court of Appeals recently released an opinion affirming a 35-year-to-life prison sentence for Antonio Taylor, a Lucas County man who pleaded guilty to murder and other charges.

Taylor appealed from the June 13, 2014 judgment of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, which sentenced him to a prison term just two years shy of the 37-year-to-life maximum that he faced despite the fact that Taylor admitted guilt, agreed to testify against his codefendant and had a demonstrated history of mental illness.

Man who released kidnapping victim in safe place unharmed wins his appeal

Published: 07/07/2015

A man convicted of kidnapping the mother of his children recently won his appeal challenging his jury instructions.

The 10th District Court of Appeals agreed with Reinaldo Oliveira that his trial court should have instructed the jury on a lesser offense because he released his victim unharmed and in a safe location.

It therefore remanded the case to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and ordered a new trial.

Sentence upheld for man caught trafficking underage girls for sex

Published: 07/07/2015

A panel of three judges in the federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 200-month prison sentence for Duane Hill, a man who had pleaded guilty to several charges related to sex trafficking a minor.

Hill appealed from the judgment of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on the grounds that his sentence was procedurally and substantively unreasonable.

Bill would designate October as Disability History and Awareness Month

Published: 07/07/2015

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and Disability Rights Ohio have joined a Steubenville lawmaker in pushing for the passage of a bill that would designate October as “Disability History and Awareness Month.”

“On July 26th, we, as a nation, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act or the ADA,” said Sue Willis, a member of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council as a representative of Disability Rights Ohio.

Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder

Published: 07/07/2015

Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve.

Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest.

Around the globe, flags — some of nations, others of affiliation — have wrapped spectators at soccer matches and participants in protest marches, flown over revolutions and holy wars, adorned advertisements and marked lunar landings.

Arizona copper mine stirs up debate between profits and Indian tribes

Published: 07/07/2015

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is believed to be the deepest such mine in the U.S.

Resolution Copper Mining says the mine will usher in a new era of prosperity for Arizona, bringing in the equivalent of roughly a $1 billion worth of revenue annually for about 60 years in a state still trying to emerge from the housing bust.

U.S. probing possible airline collusion that kept fares high

Published: 07/07/2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.

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