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October 28, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A divided Ohio Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a woman who burned a U.S. flag to protest the Persian Gulf War. In a 4-3 decision, the court said the judge should have told jurors that flag burning is a protected form of expression and in itself didn't prove Cheryl Lessin was guilty of inciting violence. Lessin was arrested on Aug. 10, 1990, at a demonstration in downtown Cleveland to protest then-President George Bush's decision to send troops to the Persian Gulf.
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November 20, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The numbers said that John Freshwater was the best eighth-grade science teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School. His students often outperformed those taught by the school's two other science teachers, and Freshwater's evaluations were almost always positive in the 20-plus years he'd been at the school. On Tuesday, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Mount Vernon school board was right to fire Freshwater in 2011 in a disagreement over how he expressed his Christianity. In a controversial case that has touched on the divide between free speech and the separation of church and state, Ohio's highest court ruled that Mount Vernon officials were right in firing Freshwater for insubordination for refusing to remove Christian materials from his classroom.
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NEWS
March 3, 1990 | From United Press International
The Ohio Supreme Court, acting on a suit filed by several news media outlets, late Friday lifted a series of orders issued by the judge in the case of the alleged cult slayings of five members of a family.
NEWS
October 11, 2012 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court in Ohio upheld a judge's order requiring the state to count the thousands of ballots from voters who go to the right polling place but are sent to the wrong table for a different precinct. Four years ago, more than 14,000 ballots in Ohio were not counted on the grounds they were cast in the wrong precinct. The issue arises often in Ohio's cities because a single polling place often serves several precincts. But the three-judge panel said Thursday it is unfair and unconstitutional to penalize a voter because of a mistake by a poll worker.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2004 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
As Jeff Hirsh, a television news reporter here, rushed to a federal court hearing Friday on a usually obscure issue of election law -- his second election-law hearing of the day -- he turned to a visitor with a greeting: "Welcome to Florida -- minus the beach." With 20 electoral votes, Ohio may be critical to victory for either President Bush or Senator John F. Kerry. Election-related litigation is rapidly spreading through its courts.
SPORTS
July 6, 1989 | ROSS NEWHAN, Times Staff Writer
Manager Pete Rose, facing the threat of a lifetime suspension for allegedly betting on his Cincinnati Reds, received assurance Wednesday that he will not be suspended or fired for at least two more weeks. Judge John D. Holschuh of the U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio, gave Rose's lawyers until July 17 to file arguments for keeping their lawsuit against Commissioner Bart Giamatti in a Cincinnati state court.
SPORTS
June 27, 1989 | BILL PLASCHKE, Times Staff Writer
As the people with microphones and notebooks pushed and shoved in a hot and muggy hallway--"We don't air-condition the corridors in this county," cackled one old observer--it suddenly became apparent. The pushing and shoving were for nothing. This Hamilton County Courthouse, having been around for nearly a century, had seen just about enough of this Pete Rose business. On Monday afternoon, the courthouse was finally going to have its say. An hour after Judge Norbert A. Nadel supposedly made public the 225-page report of major league baseball's investigation into Rose's alleged betting on baseball, a court administrator stepped into that hallway with unusual news.
NEWS
December 30, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Ohio Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to a state law that would require women to get counseling and information before having an abortion. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio had appealed on behalf of a Cleveland abortion clinic. Under the law, the state would provide women with a pamphlet that details fetal development, abortion and pregnancy risks, adoption and obligations.
NEWS
December 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Akron, Ohio, is opening the state's first mental health court, seeking to dole out more treatment than punishment to the mentally ill. As of Jan. 2, defendants with a documented history of mental illness may forgo contesting charges against them in favor of entering a two-year treatment program. The charges would be dropped upon program completion. "Jail is not meant to be a treatment setting and is not the ideal place for the mentally ill," said Dr.
SPORTS
July 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
Attorneys for Pete Rose asked a federal judge today to send Rose's suit against baseball back to a state court because allegations of local bias are not grounds for a move to the federal system. Their arguments were contained in a brief filed shortly before a noon deadline in U.S. District Court. There was no immediate indication when Judge John Holschuh would rule.
NATIONAL
October 31, 2004 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
A state court judge issued a sweeping order Saturday limiting the number of party representatives that could be deployed to challenge voters at Ohio polling places on election day. In Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell issued a permanent injunction barring multiple challengers from being stationed at polling places. The ruling, if upheld, would force the Republicans to cut back the thousands of poll watchers they plan to send to voting locations Tuesday.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2004 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
As Jeff Hirsh, a television news reporter here, rushed to a federal court hearing Friday on a usually obscure issue of election law -- his second election-law hearing of the day -- he turned to a visitor with a greeting: "Welcome to Florida -- minus the beach." With 20 electoral votes, Ohio may be critical to victory for either President Bush or Senator John F. Kerry. Election-related litigation is rapidly spreading through its courts.
NATIONAL
May 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist took a utility's corporate jet to Ohio on Saturday so he could speak at the dedication of the state's new court building in Columbus. American Electric Power flew Rehnquist at the request of the Ohio Supreme Court, which plans to pay for the $3,800 flight, said AEP spokesman Pat Hemlepp. Security issues and Rehnquist's knee problem made a commercial flight impractical, said Ohio Supreme Court spokesman Chris Davey.
NATIONAL
August 29, 2002 | From Associated Press
Local health boards are not allowed to ban smoking in all public places when the Legislature specifically exempted bars and restaurants from such bans, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Anti-smoking groups said that they would continue their crusade and take their pleas for smoking bans directly to the voters.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2002 | From Associated Press
In a victory for gay rights, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a lesbian couple can legally adopt a last name they created. The court said in a 6-1 vote that Belinda Lou Priddy and Jennifer Lane Bicknell followed required procedures to change their names and their intent was not fraudulent. The ruling reversed lower courts' decisions.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2002 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gun control advocates were cheered Wednesday when the Ohio Supreme Court reinstated a lawsuit filed by the city of Cincinnati against firearm manufacturers in an effort to recoup the cost of gun-related violence. In a 4-3 ruling, the high court reversed an appellate court ruling of two years ago in which judges held that the city could not recover costs incurred from criminal and accidental shootings.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2002 | From Associated Press
In a victory for gay rights, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a lesbian couple can legally adopt a last name they created. The court said in a 6-1 vote that Belinda Lou Priddy and Jennifer Lane Bicknell followed required procedures to change their names and their intent was not fraudulent. The ruling reversed lower courts' decisions.
NEWS
May 28, 1999 | From Reuters
The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a publicly funded scholarship program for low-income students in Cleveland to attend private schools. In a 5-2 decision, the state's highest court expressed support for the merits of the voucher initiative on a limited scale but rejected the provision on a legislative technicality. The ruling takes effect June 30. The Legislature passed the voucher measure in 1995 but improperly tucked it into an appropriations bill, the court found.
NEWS
December 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Akron, Ohio, is opening the state's first mental health court, seeking to dole out more treatment than punishment to the mentally ill. As of Jan. 2, defendants with a documented history of mental illness may forgo contesting charges against them in favor of entering a two-year treatment program. The charges would be dropped upon program completion. "Jail is not meant to be a treatment setting and is not the ideal place for the mentally ill," said Dr.
NEWS
May 28, 1999 | From Reuters
The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a publicly funded scholarship program for low-income students in Cleveland to attend private schools. In a 5-2 decision, the state's highest court expressed support for the merits of the voucher initiative on a limited scale but rejected the provision on a legislative technicality. The ruling takes effect June 30. The Legislature passed the voucher measure in 1995 but improperly tucked it into an appropriations bill, the court found.
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