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Justice Pfeifer shares view on sentencing opinions

In 1997, a jury found Larry Stewart guilty of aggravated murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery, and kidnapping. After the verdict, the trial court held a hearing to assess the aggravating and mitigating factors.
An aggravating circumstance is any circumstance attending the commission of a crime that increases its guilt or ... (full story)


Bench card offers collection guidance on juvi court fines, costs

The Ohio Supreme Court recently announced the availability of a bench card for costs, fees, fines, and restitution in juvenile court.
The reference guide – developed by a group led by the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission – seeks to better educate judges and court personnel about appropriate financial sanctions and ... (full story)


Some charter schools close in wake of Ohio reform law

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio's new charter school reform laws seem to be blocking poor-performing schools from finding new backers to keep them open.
The state Department of Education said 11 charter schools this year lost their sponsors' support, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported. That means those schools are in danger of clo ... (full story)


Court resolves how federal debt collection and state consumer sales laws impact debt-buyers and collection lawyers

A lawsuit against a debt-buying firm and lawyers seeking to collect on a defaulted credit card account can proceed after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently on several issues regarding the application of federal and state laws governing debt collection.
In a lead opinion written by Justice Paul E. Pfeifer, the Supreme Court rul ... (full story)


Owner of seized exotic animals argues Ohio law exemption

Owner of seized exotic animals argues Ohio law exemption

COLUMBUS (AP) — The owner of five tigers and other exotic animals seized from a northeast Ohio farm is asking a judge to find her exempt from the state law that tightened restrictions on keeping dangerous wild animals.
Owner Cyndi Huntsman argues that Stump Hill Farm near Massillon was exempt from those permit requirements ... (full story)