Reporters Committee Mourns Death of Longtime Media Champion, Attorney Dick Goehler

Press Release | March 16, 2011
March 16, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press stands with his family, friends and professional associates in mourning the loss of longtime First Amendment and media attorney Richard M. “Dick” Goehler.

Goehler, 54, a partner in the Cincinnati firm Frost Brown Todd, died yesterday after a nearly yearlong battle against leukemia.

Media ask court to unseal docs in criminal conspiracy case

Rachel Costello | Secret Courts | Feature | January 25, 2011
January 25, 2011

A Youngstown, Ohio, newspaper and television station have joined forces to ask the Ohio Supreme Court to make public all documents and proceedings in a high-profile criminal-conspiracy case. If successful, the action would bar the judge from keeping pretrial documents sealed from the public or from closing any court hearings.

Ohio high court extends libel reach to Virginia resident

Mike Torralba | Libel | Feature | June 16, 2010
June 16, 2010

A Virginia resident who posted allegedly defamatory comments on several websites may be sued in an Ohio court even if his comments were not aimed at an audience there, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled.

Ohio Supreme Court prevents enforcement of gag order

Mara Zimmerman | Prior Restraints | Feature | April 14, 2010
April 14, 2010

The Supreme Court of Ohio has prohibited the enforcement of a gag order banning the news media from reporting on a criminal trial until a jury has been seated in the second trial of another defendant charged in the same incident.

Judge outed as anonymous commenter sues Cleveland newspaper

Curry Andrews | Privacy | Quicklink | April 8, 2010
April 8, 2010

An Ohio judge on Wednesday sued the newspaper that outed her as an anonymous Web site commenter for $50 million, ABC News reported.

Ohio newspaper voluntarily reveals anonymous blogger

Curry Andrews | Newsgathering | Quicklink | March 26, 2010
March 26, 2010

A Cleveland newspaper unmasked the identity of an anonymous commenter who posted personal attacks on newspaper employees on the paper's website, The Plain Dealer [Cleveland] reported.

The Plain Dealer revealed the commenter's identity after newspaper editors found out that it was a local judge commenting on cases pending in her court.

Judge explains temporary trial coverage ban in high court brief

Nadia Tamez-Robledo | Prior Restraints | Quicklink | March 23, 2010
March 23, 2010

An Ohio judge told the state Supreme Court on Monday that his decision in January to temporarily ban media coverage on a manslaughter trial was made to ensure that an unbiased jury was seated for the second defendant in the case, The Toledo Blade reported.

Ohio reporter avoids jail after confidential source steps foward

Christine Beckett | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | March 17, 2010
March 17, 2010

An Ohio county judge rescinded an arrest warrant for a local reporter after his confidential source revealed himself today, The Plain Dealer reported.

Amicus Brief in State v. Henry County Court of Common Pleas

March 1, 2010

Urging the Ohio Supreme Court to grant a writ of prohibition to prevent a judge from enforcing a gag order prohibiting the media from reporting on trial proceedings.

Ohio judge postpones trial pending high court decision

Mara Zimmerman | Secret Courts | Quicklink | February 1, 2010
February 1, 2010

An Ohio judge has postponed the trial of a woman charged in the death of her infant daughter until the state Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of his order barring prohibiting media coverage, The (Toledo) Blade reported.