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9th District starts pilot video recording program for oral arguments

You asked and the 9th District Court of Appeals has delivered.
By popular demand, the Akron-based appellate court has begun recording videos of all oral arguments in their entirety (except cases that are required to be confidential).
The recordings are available on the Internet as soon as possible after each argument through ... (full story)


Amish leader in prison for beard cuttings seeks release

Amish leader in prison for beard cuttings seeks release

The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio whose hate crime convictions for beard- and hair-cutting attacks were overturned wants a federal judge to release him from prison when he's resentenced today.
All 16 members found guilty in the attacks that targeted Amish who had criticized them are to be resentenced today in Clevelan ... (full story)


Man who raped his friend's ex loses appeal

A panel of three judges in the 9th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a rape conviction handed down in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
The defendant, Carlos Miller, appealed his conviction arguing that he was denied his right to be represented by counsel of his choice, prosecutorial misconduct prejudiced him and ... (full story)


Sports


Bicycling commuter in Ohio not stopped by cold, snow

Bicycling commuter in Ohio not stopped by cold, snow

MADEIRA, Ohio (AP) — When Fraser Cunningham stepped outside of his Madeira home last Friday morning, it was still dark.
It was darn cold, too. His Garmin told him it was minus 10 degrees.
And, just like he's been doing every single morning at 5:30 for more than 18 months, the 56-year-old GE engineer hopped on his bicycle ... (full story)


The infection of lying

Last summer, Chicago became the epicenter of an outbreak.
It hid itself until winter, unleashing its ramifications on some of the most vulnerable targets — the young.
And it all started with one lie.
Someone affiliated with the Jackie Robinson West baseball team, the boys of summer who became darlings of Chicago and ... (full story)


Local attorney scores prestigious award at Cleveland Indians Fantasy Camp

There are birthday gifts that bring a smile to a person’s face and then there are gifts that make someone’s dreams come true.
Roderick Linton Belfance partner Ted Lesiak received one of the latter from his wife, Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals Judge Jennifer Hensal, on his 50th birthday when he unwrapped a trip to ... (full story)


State


Man involved in gang-related shooting wins his appeal for a new sentencing

In the 1st District Court of Appeals, a panel of three judges partially affirmed the judgment of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas in a shooting case and remanded the case for resentencing.
The defendant, Sir Michael Miller, was found guilty and sentenced to prison for his role in a shooting incident that involved gang vi ... (full story)


Appellate court upholds maximum sentence for repeat weapons offender

The 5th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a maximum prison term for a man found guilty of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.
Michael Daniels pleaded guilty to one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle on Jan. 23, 2014.
The Delaware County Court of Common Pleas accepted that plea and p ... (full story)