State high court suspends prior restraint on news coverage

Gregg Leslie | Prior Restraints | Quicklink | January 29, 2010
January 29, 2010

The Ohio Supreme Court has temporarily lifted a judge's order that would have barred journalists from reporting on a public trial that begins next week. The stay, issued after the Toledo Blade petitioned the high court, will remain in effect until the appeal is fully briefed and argued, which according to the court's schedule could take 50 days.

Newspaper asks state high court to overturn prior restraint

Gregg Leslie | Prior Restraints | Quicklink | January 28, 2010
January 28, 2010

The Toledo Blade has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn a judge's order barring journalists from reporting on a public trial.

Ohio judge tells media to delay reports on manslaughter trial

Cristina Abello | Prior Restraints | Quicklink | January 20, 2010
January 20, 2010

An Ohio judge has ordered the news media not to report on a criminal trial involving the death of a toddler, even though it is open to the public, The [Toledo] Blade reported.

Ohio bill would prohibit broadcasting of 911 calls

Amanda Becker | Newsgathering | Quicklink | December 29, 2009
December 29, 2009

Two Ohio state senators have proposed a bill that would prohibit the broadcasting of 911 telephone calls and levy a $10,000 fine for infractions.

The Society of Professional Journalists wrote a letter to the bill co-sponsors urging them to reconsider the proposed measure, saying it would diminish the media's ability to report on breaking events.

Exam questions are a trade secret in Ohio

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | September 21, 2009
September 21, 2009

Ohio's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the annual exam given to ninth-graders in Cincinnati's public schools is not a public record subject to disclosure because it is a trade secret and therefore excempt from public records law, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

Ohio court says murder case documents were wrongly sealed

Caitlin Dickson | Secret Courts | Quicklink | July 14, 2009
July 14, 2009

The Cincinnati Enquirer was wrongly denied access to court records in the case of a man accused of killing his wife and four children, an Ohio appeals court has ruled.

Two county judges presiding over the case of Michel Veillette last year sealed search warrants, public preliminary hearing records, and other documents on the grounds that their disclosure could affect the outcome of the trial, according to the Enquirer. The paper appealed.

In defamation suit, prosecutor claims paper fabricated testimony

Kathleen Cullinan | Libel | Quicklink | April 6, 2009
April 6, 2009

An Ohio county prosecutor is suing the Sandusky Register for defamation, claiming the paper fabricated a story saying a law enforcement officer testified the attorney had used cocaine.

Ohio newspaper wins court battle over records

Hannah Bergman | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | February 20, 2009
February 20, 2009

The Cincinnati Enquirer won an Ohio Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that a lower court must decide whether the record of a trial court proceeding was properly sealed.

The appellate court had dismissed the newspaper's case as moot when the records were unsealed. The defendant in the murder case at issue, Michel Veillette, committed suicide while in jail.

Music critic sues paper and orchestra for defamation

Jordan Zappala | Libel | Quicklink | December 12, 2008
December 12, 2008

A classical music critic is suing his employer, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, for libel after he was demoted for, he claims, writing too many negative reviews of the Cleveland Orchestra, The New York Times reported.

Ohio newspaper wins access to officials' deleted e-mail

Hannah Bergman | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 10, 2008
December 10, 2008

Ohio officials were ordered Tuesday by the state Supreme Court to search for deleted e-mail messages.

The case, brought by The Toledo Blade, involved an open records law request for e-mail sent by Seneca County commissioners regarding the demolition of a historic courthouse.

The county gave the newspaper some messages, but the Blade sought copies of other e-mail that had been deleted.