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Appeal denied for burglar whose accomplices testified against him

A panel of three judges in the 9th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed the judgment of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas in a burglary case.
Lamar Pierce appealed his conviction for burglary, arguing that the guilty verdict was not supported by the manifest weight of the evidence.
Case summary states that, on Oc ... (full story)


Brouse McDowell adds more legal power

Like people, law firms need to plan for the future. That’s the reason Brouse McDowell gave in recently adding four more lawyers to its ranks.
In late November, the firm announced the addition of partner James Dixon and associates Amanda Parker, Laura Fryan and Kyle Shelton.
The regional business law firm has over 70 law ... (full story)


National


USAID op undermines Cuba's hip-hop protest scene

USAID op undermines Cuba's hip-hop protest scene

HAVANA (AP) — In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government.
In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic in jail. So when he made ... (full story)


State


Jury convicts Ohio inmate of strangling cellmate

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — As a jury convicted an Ohio prisoner in the 2013 strangulation death of his cellmate this week, the slain man's family filed suit against the state for failing to protect him.
Jurors deliberated for about three hours Friday before convicting Logan Alan Murphy, of the Canton area, of aggravated murd ... (full story)


Man gets 5-plus years for Ohio VA Clinic shooting

Man gets 5-plus years for Ohio VA Clinic shooting

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Veterans Affairs worker who pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon in a VA hospital shooting that wounded an employee in the ankle was sentenced Friday to 5 1/2 years in prison.
Neil Moore, 59, of Trotwood, will get credit for time served. He had pleaded in September to t ... (full story)


Revamp of map-making process clears Ohio Senate

Revamp of map-making process clears Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS (AP) — A bipartisan agreement to overhaul the way Ohio draws its legislative districts passed the state Senate early Friday morning, as lawmakers sought to give more balance to a political process long criticized as allowing the party in power to tilt the lines in their favor.
The state alters legislative and cong ... (full story)


Judges rule court did not have to address jury questions in defendant's presence

A man who argued his right to a fair jury trial was violated recently lost his appeal when a three-judge appellate panel ruled that the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas handled his case properly.
Nathan Walters appealed his conviction for felonious assault to the 10th District Court of Appeals, arguing that the trial court ... (full story)


Court of appeals upholds drug possession, trafficking convictions

In Ohio’s 8th District Court of Appeals, a panel of three judges recently ruled that the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas properly convicted defendant Jerael Dues of multiple drug offenses.
According to case summary, three members of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Impact Unit, along with a detective from the Rich ... (full story)