The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday that with respect to agency records related to lead poisoning, only portions that do not have “personal identifying information” can be released under the Ohio Public Records Act.
An Ohio trial judge said Friday that documents in a criminal proceeding would remain sealed at the victim's request, even though The Cincinnati Enquirer has asked the state supreme court to order the judge to unseal the records.
An Ohio appeals court reinstated a defamation lawsuit against Ohio University, holding that a professor who sued the university after it released an investigation of plagiarism that implicated him could continue his case.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reject Cuyahoga County’s extreme reproduction fees for electronic real estate records. The friend-of-the-court brief argues that the imposition of six-figure fees to access electronic real estate records will dramatically curtail valuable public-interest reporting on the Ohio real estate market.
Urging the Ohio Supreme Court to find that country recorders cannot impose a $2 per page statutory "photocopying" fee for electronic copies of public records and that such records must be provided "at cost" as required under the Ohio public records law.
The sealing of court records and proceedings in an Ohio corruption case was not only unconstitutional, but also unnecessary to ensure defendants receive a fair trial, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press argued in a friend-of-the-court brief filed today with the Ohio Supreme Court.
Urging the Ohio Supreme Court to recognize that bills of particulars function as supplements to public indictments and are subject to the public's First Amendment right of access to criminal proceedings and records.