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.

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.