Ohio Supreme Court declines to hold reporter in contempt for refusing to testify

Cindy Gierhart | Reporter's Privilege | News | March 19, 2014
March 19, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court decided Monday not to hold a reporter in contempt of court for refusing to testify in a disciplinary hearing against an attorney.

While the case was poised to answer the question of whether the state's reporter's privilege applied in quasi-judicial or administrative proceedings, the state's high court did not squarely answer this question. Instead of issuing a full opinion, the court briefly announced that it was dismissing the case and denying the Akron Bar Association's request to hold the reporter in contempt.

Ohio bar association asks state Supreme Court to hold reporter in contempt

Cindy Gierhart | Reporter's Privilege | News | February 12, 2014
February 12, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court is set to decide whether a reporter will be forced to testify in a lawyer’s disciplinary hearing.

While Ohio has a shield statute that protects journalists from having to reveal sources of information in court, the state has not yet determined whether the reporter’s privilege extends into quasi-judicial or administrative proceedings, according to court filings.


August 1, 2012

Summary of statute(s): An individual who is a party to either an in-person conversation or electronic communication, or who has the consent of one of the parties to the communication, can lawfully record it or disclose its contents, unless the person is doing so for the purpose of committing a criminal or tortious act. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2933.52 (West 2012).

Ohio Supreme Court orders unsealing of records in high-profile criminal prosecution

Emily Miller | Secret Courts | News | July 27, 2012
July 27, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court ordered a judge to release all records sealed during the criminal prosecutions of several Mahoning County officials and business owners. The state high court also prohibited the judge from issuing further orders sealing records in the high-profile criminal-conspiracy case.

“We decide this case based on the Rules of Superintendence, which provide for public access to court records,” according to the opinion issued Wednesday.

Court denies ESPN access to NCAA investigation records under FERPA

Emily Miller | Freedom of Information | News | June 19, 2012
June 19, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court denied ESPN, Inc. access to certain records relating to the NCAA's investigation of Ohio State University football players who allegedly traded sports memorabilia for tattoos. The court's ruling, released today, cited a federal act that withholds funds to public schools that release educational records in denying ESPN's request.


May 1, 2012


Ohio high court finds privacy rights trump access in police records case

Freedom of Information | News | May 11, 2012
May 11, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday affirmed a lower court’s decision denying The Cincinnati Enquirer access to personally identifying information regarding police officers involved in a shootout with a motorcycle gang. Citing the officers' constitutional right of privacy, the court found those portions of requested records identifying particular officers were exempt from disclosure under the state public records law.

Strong interest in Ohio public corruption case warrants unsealing of many trial exhibits

Kristen Rasmussen | Secret Courts | Feature | March 23, 2012
March 23, 2012

A federal judge in Ohio has granted several news media organizations’ request to unseal hundreds of trial exhibits in the racketeering case of an ex-government official.

But U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi declined to immediately release several other exhibits, including recordings of wiretapped conversations, claiming that doing so could affect the appeal and fair-trial rights of James C. Dimora, who is also a defendant in another criminal case alleging substantially similar conduct.

A legal guide for reporters covering the Ohio shootings

March 5, 2012

Mourners hug after the burial of Daniel Parmertor at All Soul's Cemetery, Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio.


Mourners hug after the burial of Daniel Parmertor at All Souls Cemetery, Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio.

Reporters Committee releases guide to legal issues in covering Ohio school shooting

Press Release | March 5, 2012
March 5, 2012

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has put together a guide on some of the legal issues that journalists covering the Ohio school shooting may encounter. The guide is available on the Reporters Committee web site, and covers primarily freedom-of-information and court-access issues.