Arrests Made After Officer Fatally Wounded in Cleveland

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There are updates about a Cleveland police officer shot and killed in the line of duty on September 3, 2020. The officer killed was Det. James Skernivitz. He was 53 years old and a 25 year veteran of the Cleveland Police Department. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office stated that the cause of death was… Read more

Can You Shoot Someone Who Breaks Into Your House?

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The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the people the right to keep and bear arms. However, gun laws make things much more complicated than that. Federal and state laws regulate and govern the right to possess and use firearms. Some of the laws regarding using guns for self-defense in your home have… Read more

Police: Teen Handling Gun Shoots 2-Year-Old Nephew

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Columbus police responded to a shooting on North Monroe Avenue on August 12, 2020, just before 8:00 p.m. A 14-year-old male had been babysitting his two-year-old nephew and 1-year-old niece. A gun went off and killed the two-year-old boy. According to the prosecutor during a court hearing the next morning, the teenager had twirled the… Read more

How Hard is it to Pass the Ohio Bar Exam?

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As with any examination, the difficulty of the Ohio Bar Exam depends on the person taking the test. According to the Ohio Supreme Court, the passage rate for the July 2019 bar exam was 73.1%. First time test-takers performed better, overall, recording an 82 percent pass rate. The exam is uniform, so its difficulty is… Read more

Columbus Police Investigating Multiple Shootings in About 5-hour Span

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Last week the Columbus police investigated multiple shootings that occurred in the city within five hours. These shoots are just a continuation of the increase in gun violence the city has experienced in 2020. On August 4, 2020, police officers responded to a call about gunshots at a business on Westerville Road near Thornapple Drive… Read more

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder Arrested in $60 Million Bribery Case

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Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four other individuals were arrested and accused of being involved in a bribery scheme. Two lobbyists, Juan Cespedes and Neil Clark were also arrested. Householder adviser Jeffrey Longstreth and former Chairman of the Ohio Republic Party Matt Borges were also arrested. Getting Larry Householder Elected as House Speaker According… Read more

City Leaders Address Violence in Columbus Neighborhoods; 3 Killed in Shootings Over the Weekend

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Columbus city officials blame the coronavirus pandemic, economic hardship, and illegal guns for the city’s rash of shootings and violent crimes. In a press conference, Police Chief Quinlan, Mayor Ginther, and other local leaders expressed their concerns about the violence in Columbus. Mayor Ginther was emotional as he reminded people that these individuals are not… Read more

Courts Get Creative to Restart Jury Trials Amid Pandemic

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The judicial system is not immune to the effects of COVID-19. The coronavirus shut down court systems in Columbus and throughout the United States. However, the judicial process cannot be stalled forever. People need to have a resolution in their case. Individuals being held in jail awaiting trial cannot wait forever. It is simply not… Read more

Columbus’s Rising Murder Rate Taking a Toll on City Teenagers

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Since the beginning of the year, Columbus has had 62 homicides, compared to 54 homicides for the same period last year. Ten of the homicides were juveniles. So far, seven juveniles have been arrested and charged with murder in 2020. According to Columbus Police Sgt. Joe Albert, there has been an increase in the rate… Read more