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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.