Ohio

Ohio high court orders partial release of toxicity records

You-Jin Han | Freedom of Information | Feature | January 20, 2012
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January 20, 2012

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.

Ohio judge refuses to unseal documents at Friday hearing

J.C. Derrick | Secret Courts | Feature | September 30, 2011
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September 30, 2011

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.

Newspaper asks Ohio Supreme Court to unseal documents

J.C. Derrick | Secret Courts | Feature | September 29, 2011
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September 29, 2011

The Cincinnati Enquirer has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to force a trial judge to unseal documents in a criminal case, claiming she did not have sufficient cause for keeping it from the public.

Secrecy dispute in dismissed Ohio criminal case continues

Derek Green | Secret Courts | Feature | August 11, 2011
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August 11, 2011

News media attempts to gain public access to key court records in a now-dismissed Youngstown, Ohio, criminal case continue, with a flurry of recent filings in two separate courts.

Court reinstates professor's libel suit against Ohio University

Emily Peterson | Libel | Feature | July 27, 2011
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July 27, 2011

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.

Judge limits order keeping media from reporting on jury

Emily Peterson | Secret Courts | Feature | June 22, 2011
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June 22, 2011

An Ohio judge presiding over the murder trial of an alleged serial killer on Wednesday reduced the restrictions he had previously placed on the media's reporting of the jury selection process.

Overcharging for records limits transparency, Reporters Committee brief argues

Press Release | June 16, 2011
June 16, 2011

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.

Amicus brief in Data Trace Information Services, LLC v. Recorder of Cuyahoga County

June 15, 2011

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.

Amicus brief in State of Ohio ex. rel. The Vindicator Printing Co. v. Wolff

May 6, 2011

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.

Reporters Committee challenges sealed court records

Press Release | May 6, 2011
May 6, 2011

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.