Ohio agency must provide electronic records at cost

You-Jin Han | Freedom of Information | Feature | March 1, 2012
March 1, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the Cuyahoga County Recorder’s Office must provide copies of electronic images sought under open records requests at cost – $1 per CD – rather than charging a statutory $2-per-page photocopying fee.

Lawyer who released texts to paper faces possible contempt

Kristen Rasmussen | Secret Courts | Feature | February 27, 2012
February 27, 2012

An attorney who opposes an Ohio city prosecutor accused of racial discrimination is facing possible contempt charges after he released text messages involved in the lawsuit to two local newspaper reporters.

The attorney, Scott Cochran, and his client, the Islamic Society of Greater Youngstown, are accused of releasing the documents in violation of a court order requiring that any personal information contained in the records be redacted before their public release.

Ohio high court orders partial release of toxicity records

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