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Cincinnati attorney who impersonated colleague disbarred

The Ohio Supreme Court permanently disbarred a Cincinnati attorney recently for multiple professional conduct violations, including impersonating a former colleague during his suspension so that he could continue to represent a client in court.
The Supreme Court voted 6-0, with one justice not participating, to disbar Robert H. H ... (full story)


Rule changes allow Supreme Court direct appeal for capital offender denied DNA testing

A person sentenced to death will be able to appeal the rejection of an application for DNA testing directly to the Ohio Supreme Court under new rules adopted recently by the Supreme Court.
The rule changes are the result of a 2016 case (State v. Noling) in which the Court found that part of the state law that limits the appeals o ... (full story)


New lawyers walk the stage, admitted to practice

Whether they become attorneys in the courtroom or pursue a career in business, the new 200 lawyers who were admitted to the practice of law in Ohio on May 15 received praise from the top court in the state.
“So please believe me when I tell you we know how you feel and you have the heartfelt congratulations of the members ... (full story)


Ohio police department 1st to hand K-9 duties to pit bull

GENOA, Ohio (AP) — With his blocky head, wrinkly face, and droopy jowls, K-9 Leonard doesn't look like a normal police dog. And he's not.
Leonard is the first pit bull ever to be certified for police work in Ohio. He finished training in mid-May and will work full time for the Clay Township Police Department near Toledo as ... (full story)


Judge haunted by release of man in deadly Ohio shootings

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge says he will be haunted forever by his decision to grant early release to a domestic violence offender who authorities say killed his ex-girlfriend, her co-worker and a police chief.
Licking County Municipal Judge Michael Higgins said last Friday he was heartbroken after the fatal shootings ... (full story)