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Online database for state government spending sought

In 2013, Ohio received a D+ rating in terms of state government transparency in spending.
“We believe that grade was a little too generous,” said Rep. Jonathan Dever, R-Cincinnati.
Dever has partnered with Rep. Mike Dovilla, R-Berea, to sponsor a bill that would require the state treasurer to establish the Ohio Sta ... (full story)


Appeals court reverses lower court; rules for retrial in vehicular homicide case

A split panel of three judges in the 8th District Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s aggravated vehicular homicide conviction, sending back to court for a retrial.
Charles Dukes had been convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI with a blood alcohol content that was nearly double the legal limit.
The majo ... (full story)


Court upholds maximum sentence for man who molested young family members

In a recently released opinion, the 12th District Court of Appeals affirmed maximum consecutive sentences for a man found guilty of molesting his daughter and two young nieces.
Jeffery Todd appealed his 25-year prison sentence from the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas, arguing that he was a first-time offender and should not ... (full story)


Armed Craigslist robber loses appeal

The 10th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed multiple robbery convictions for a man who used a Craigslist advertisement to rob two men at gunpoint.
The three-judge appellate panel rejected Christopher Thompson’s claim that the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas convicted him of offenses that were not supported by ... (full story)


Man entitled to new sentence being reprimanded for pursuing jury trial

A three-judge appellate panel recently remanded a theft case for new sentencing after finding that the Warren County Court of Common Pleas hinted it was imposing a harsher sentence because the defendant exercised his right to a jury trial.
The 12th District Court of Appeals affirmed Justin Noble’s convictions for theft and ... (full story)