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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

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

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 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

Restaurants throughout Ohio began to open their doors for dine-in customers after lengthy shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Outside dining on restaurant patios began May 15, and inside dining followed closely on May 21. Before reopening to on-site and dine-in service, Ohio eateries had been limited to carryout and home delivery service only. The… Read more

Criminal Defense News Of The Week Drug Kingpin Sentenced to Prison for Nationwide Drug Ring The kingpin of a criminal drug ring was sentenced to five years in prison on August 24th (Business Insider). Residing in Las Vegas, John Bowen, 68, led an illegal drug franchise that distributed a product known as ‘Spice.’ A drug… Read more

Wired Magazine published an article last week detailing how prosecutors misuse PowerPoint slide presentations to improperly influence a jury.  Can lawyers who fight against prosecutor misconduct make a difference? Unfair and inflammatory argument is common tactic used by prosecutors across the nation, even by prosecutors here in Columbus, Ohio.  However, the use of unfair computer-generated visual… Read more

Billionaire Charles Koch says he’s concerned about the effectiveness of your Columbus criminal defense lawyer. Charles and his brother David Koch have a combined net worth of more than $100 Billion.  The net worth of each brother is tied as the fourth richest in the world.  And they are well known for funding ultra conservative… Read more

By  Randy Ludlow The Columbus Dispatch, Thursday November 1, 2012.  (The same story also ran on October 31, 2012 under the heading “Man who served on Death Row declared wrongfully imprisoned”). After spending seven years on Death Row for a pair of now-three-decade-old murders that he didn’t commit, Dale Johnston feels he finally has pocketed… Read more