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17-year sentence upheld for career bank robber with mental issues

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the conviction of a bank robber with a lengthy criminal history.
Roland Jerome Lamarr appealed from the judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and challenged the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his conviction and the procedural reasonabl ... (full story)


Appellate court rules drug addiction didn't contribute to weapons charge

The 12th District Court of Appeals recently reversed a Preble County Court of Common Pleas decision granting a man intervention in lieu of conviction after he fired a weapon near a water park.
The three-judge appellate panel sustained an argument from the state, finding that the common pleas court failed to find that Charles Tols ... (full story)


Some gay marriage opponents balk, while couples rush to wed

CINCINNATI (AP) — With the mayor of Dayton declaring "you are now husband and husband," the wait for Ohio to allow same-sex marriage ended for a gay couple in the city just as it is ending for couples across the last states with bans on such unions — even if the opposition isn't over.
Some couples rushed to ... (full story)


Kasich plans to announce 2016 presidential bid July 21

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who's spent the year testing his scrappy political style and pragmatic policy positions around the country, plans to formally enter the 2016 presidential race July 21.
The two-term governor, who leads one of the nation's premier swing states, is expected to formally join the crowded Re ... (full story)


Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing the ... (full story)