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Ohio Supreme Court is coming to Portage County

Ohio Supreme Court is coming to Portage County

For the first time ever, the Ohio Supreme Court will convene in Portage County.
On Sept. 24, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and justices Paul E. Pfeifer, Terrence O’Donnell, Judith Ann Lanzinger, Sharon L. Kennedy, Judith L. French and William M. O’Neill will hear oral arguments in three cases at Ravenna High S ... (full story)


Cybersecurity for law firms seminar coming Oct. 28

Cleveland-area legal technology consulting firm Accellis Technology Group will present a panel discussion on cyber security issues at the City Club of Cleveland on Tuesday morning, Oct. 28, 2014.
The event is co-sponsored by cyber security firm Barracuda Networks, which will supply one of the panelists.
Accellis (http://accel ... (full story)


National


Ex-Gov. Douglas' memoir tackles gay marriage veto

Ex-Gov. Douglas' memoir tackles gay marriage veto

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Former Gov. Jim Douglas says he was acting on conscience in 2009 when he vetoed a gay marriage law that had been passed by the state Legislature.
In a frank new memoir being released Wednesday, the 63-year-old Douglas said that he had no objection to same-sex couples forming relationships and that he ... (full story)


3rd party candidates could tip key Senate races

3rd party candidates could tip key Senate races

WASHINGTON (AP) — A pizza deliveryman in North Carolina, a "libertarian cop" in Kentucky and an Alaska candidate — but not the one who was expected — hope to do what a Kansas businessman did this week: shake up Senate races as third-party candidates, an often-dismissed lot.
Greg Orman isn't a househol ... (full story)


Surrogate offers clues into man with 16 babies

Surrogate offers clues into man with 16 babies

BANGKOK (AP) — When the young Thai woman saw an online ad seeking surrogate mothers, it seemed like a life-altering deal: $10,000 to help a foreign couple that wanted a child but couldn't conceive.
Wassana, a lifetime resident of the slums, viewed it as a nine-month solution to her family's debt. She didn't ask many questi ... (full story)


Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches

Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love.
Sites like PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com have found a new niche as singles flock to computers and smartphones to find relationships, connecting dog owners to potential mates who enjoy long walks in the ... (full story)


Education Department tries to ease testing worries

Education Department tries to ease testing worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers' performance.
Duncan's decision is an acknowledgement of the concerns by teachers' unions and others that it's too early to make teacher personnel decisions based on how ... (full story)


State


Lengthy prison term is upheld for man who raped 10-year-old

In a recently released opinion, the 12th District Court of Appeals affirmed a 10-years-to-life sentence for a man found guilty of raping a 10-year-old.
Following a two-day trial in the Brown County Court of Common Pleas, a jury found James Liso guilty of rape.
That charge stemmed from allegations that he forced a 10-year-old ... (full story)


Recognition of Ohio's role in Freedom Summer voting campaign sought

House Bill 557 was crafted to memorialize the efforts surrounding Freedom Summer and honor the role Ohio played in the battle for voting equality.
The proposed legislation, sponsored by Reps. Tim Derickson, R-Springboro, and Dale Mallory, D-Cincinnati, would designate June 20 as “Freedom Summer Day” in Ohio.
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Man who shot and killed 'close friend' loses appeal

A panel of three judges in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently dismissed a petition for habeas corpus from Robert Comer, who says he shot and killed a a man in self-defense.
Comer, appealing the judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, argued that he had no duty to retreat inside his own ... (full story)


Democratic lawmakers respond to Hobby Lobby court decision with bill

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, bills have been filed in the Ohio House and Senate regarding health insurer contraceptive coverage.
Senate Bill 355, sponsored by Sens. Charleta Tavares, D-Bexley, and Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, and House Bill 604, sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Clyde, ... (full story)


17-year prison term affirmed for HIV-positive man who assaulted heroin addict

In an opinion released recently, the 8th District Court of Appeals affirmed a 17-year prison term for an HIV-positive man found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman and compelling prostitution.
Defendant Donald Reeves was indicted in February 2013 on 20 counts including rape, felonious assault, compelling prostitution, kidnappi ... (full story)


Lawmakers want to establish Buy Local Ohio program

The sponsors of a bill to create a Buy Local Ohio program have said the proposed legislation is designed to boost local economies and support in-state companies.
“Creating a Buy Local Ohio program will directly benefit our state’s local economies,” said Rep. Matt Lundy. “If possible, work done in Lorain C ... (full story)


Hamilton County morgue found negligent after worker has sex with corpses

A panel of judges in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio at Cincinnati properly denied state statutory immunity to Hamilton County and its employees in a case involving abuse of corpses at the Hamilton County morgue.
The higher court also ruled that ... (full story)


Technology


Small group collaboration in real time

Team collaborative software/ cloud programs are now a part of many law firms. But there are many smaller collaborative projects that just don’t require a large practice management platform or large, expensive group chat rooms.
Quickly coming over the horizon is the next wave of collaboration tools, that now include several ... (full story)