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State v. Cunningham 2021-P-0049CRIMINAL LAW - motion to intervene; cell phone data; attorney-client privilege; attorney work product; ripeness; contingent event.TrappPortage 9/18/2023 9/18/2023 2023-Ohio-3300
Girard Zoning Dept. v. Wolfe 2022-T-0119CIVIL LAW- home rule; ordinance is unconstitutional; pit bulls; vicious dogs; dangerous dogs; R.C. 955.11; general law; breed specificPattonTrumbull 9/18/2023 9/18/2023 2023-Ohio-3301
State v. Takacs 2023-A-0021CRIMINAL - misdemeanor sentencing; R.C. 2929.21 and R.C. 2929.22; maximum jail termLynchAshtabula 9/18/2023 9/18/2023 2023-Ohio-3302
Dilley v. Dilley 2023-G-0008RES JUDICATA - appellant attempted to raise issues of spousal support overpayments already decided that he either failed to appeal or were affirmed on appeal; barred by the doctrine of res judicata.TrappGeauga 9/18/2023 9/18/2023 2023-Ohio-3303
Madison Twp. Bd. of Trustees v. Hambden Sportsman, Inc. 2023-L-052APPELLATE REVIEW - R.C. 2505.02(B)(4); both prongs need met; final appealable order; provisional remedy; preliminary injunction; meaningful or effective remedy; status quo; lack of jurisdiction.PattonLake 9/18/2023 9/18/2023 2023-Ohio-3304
State v. Cisco 2023-L-082, 2023-L-083, 2023-L-084APPELLATE REVIEW - App.R. 4(A)(1); 30 days; untimely appeals; dismissed.TrappLake 9/18/2023 9/18/2023 2023-Ohio-3305
State v. Bukovac 2023-P-0007CRIMINAL LAW - guilty pleas; consecutive sentences; seriousness and recidivism factors; R.C. 2929.11 and 2929.12; imposition of individual sentences.TrappPortage 9/18/2023 9/18/2023 2023-Ohio-3306
State v. Parks 2023-T-0044APPELLATE REVIEW - R.C. 2505.02; no final appealable order; entry contemplates further action in the trial court.LucciTrumbull 9/18/2023 9/18/2023 2023-Ohio-3310
Latz v. Latz 2022-G-0026CIVIL - Reasonableness of guardian ad litem fees and costs; adverse parties may not confer jurisdiction upon a court by mutual consent, where none would otherwise exist.EklundGeauga 9/11/2023 9/11/2023 2023-Ohio-3215
State v. Tinker 2022-A-0113CRIMINAL - Gross Abuse of a Corpse; Obstructing Justice; Tampering with Evidence; sentence; due process; defendant cannot be punished for rejecting a plea agreement; vindictive sentencing; defendant's behavior relevant to sentencing; consecutive sentence; R.C. 2929.14(C)(4); failure to make consecutive sentencing findings on the record; plain errorLynchAshtabula 9/11/2023 9/11/2023 2023-Ohio-3216
State v. Hoyle 2022-L-103CRIMINAL - Attempted Murder; sentence; contrary to law; R.C. 2929.11 and .12; consecutive sentence; danger posed to the public; history of criminal conductLynchLake 9/11/2023 9/11/2023 2023-Ohio-3217
Patel v. Huntington Banc Shares Fin. Corp. 2023-L-036CIVIL - summary judgment; de novo review; EFTA; Electronic Funds Transfer Act; duty of care; duty of good faith; breach of contract; Civ.R. 56; unauthorized bank transfers; general banking standards of similarly situated banks; expert testimony.PattonLake 9/11/2023 9/11/2023 2023-Ohio-3218
State v. Mills 2023-A-0009CRIMINAL - Anders brief; R.C. 2953.08(G)(2); contrary to law; a trial court's consideration of R.C. 2929.11 and 2929.12 can be presumed unless the defendant affirmatively shows to the contrary; Reagan Tokes Law; R.C. 2967.271.EklundAshtabula 9/5/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3117
Smith v. Be Fit With Michele, L.L.C. 2023-L-046CIVIL - Summary judgment; de novo review; waiver and release of liability; Evid.R. 1002; Evid.R. 1003; Evid.R. 1004; other evidence of the contents of a lost or destroyed original writing is admissible unless the original has been destroyed in bad faith; express assumption of the risk.EklundLake 9/5/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3118
In re Adoption of L.M.C. 2023-P-0029ADOPTION - adoption; termination of parental rights; R.C. 3107.07; consent; de minimis contact; justifiable cause for failure to communicate; significant interference with communication; manifest weight of the evidence; R.C. 3107.11; failure to notify parent of best interest hearing; R.C. 3107.161; court must sufficiently indicate it considered best interest factors.EklundPortage 9/5/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3119
In re D.P. 2023-T-0007JUVENILE - plea hearing; Juv.R. 29(D)(1); trial court must address juvenile personally and juvenile must personally enter admission; appointment of Guardian Ad Litem; R.C. 2151.281; Juv.R. 4(B); conflict of interest; abuse of discretion; plain error.EklundTrumbull 9/5/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3120
State v. Burns 2022-L-129CRIMINAL - sentence; mandatory sentence; failure to advise of mandatory nature of sentence; Crim.R. 11; knowing, intelligent, and voluntary plea; eligibility for judicial release; lack of prejudice; ineffective assistance of counselLynchLake 9/5/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3121
State v. Gutierrez-Reynoso 2022-L-130CRIMINAL LAW - jury trial; kidnapping; felonious assault; petty theft; domestic violence; sufficiency of the evidence; restraint of liberty; intent to permanently deprive of property; manifest weight; self-defense; witness credibility; constitutionality of Reagan Tokes Law; indefinite prison terms.TrappLake 9/5/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3122
V.T. Larney, Ltd. v. Ohio Civ. Rights Comm. 2022-T-0112ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL - Ohio Civil Rights Commission; final order; finding of discrimination; R.C. 4112.02(H); subject matter jurisdiction; affirmatively plead jurisdictional facts; notice pleading; particularity; charge of discrimination; conciliation; probate cause; uncontested facts; "no animals" rule; discriminatory statement; R.C. 4112.02(H)(7); reasonable accommodation; R.C. 4112.02(H)(19); constitutionality of process for determining damages; R.C. 4112.051; Ohio Constitution, Article I, Section 5; standing.TrappTrumbull 9/5/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3123
State v. Mead 2023-A-0004CRIMINAL LAW - R.C. 2921.31; Obstructing Official Business; App.R. 9(B)(3); appellant shall order and file copy of transcript; when a transcript has not been filed on appeal, a reviewing court has no choice but to presume the validity of the lower court's proceedings.PattonAshtabula 9/5/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3124
State v. Janson 2023-A-0007CRIMINAL LAW - R.C. 2925.03(A)(2); Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs; R.C. 2925.11(A); Aggravated Possession of Drugs; manifest weight of the evidence; R.C. 2901.22(B); knowingly.PattonAshtabula 9/5/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3125
State v. Dorazio 2023-A-0014CRIMINAL LAW- jail time credit; two separate cases, different counties; date of arrest, motion for additional jail-time creditPattonAshtabula 9/5/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3126
State v. Trost 2023-L-012CRIMINAL LAW - restitution; R.C. 2953.08; arson; credibility; competent, credible evidence.PattonLake 9/5/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3127
State v. Lucien 2023-P-0013CRIMINAL - postconviction relief; findings of fact and conclusions of law; R.C. 2953.21(D)LynchPortage 9/5/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3128
State v. Barnett 2023-A-0016CRIMINAL - Anders brief; violating community control conditions, revoking community control; R.C. 2929.15(B)(1).EklundAshtabula 8/29/2023 9/5/2023 2023-Ohio-3132
State v. Furman 2022-A-0029CRIMINAL LAW - speedy trial time; R.C. 2945.71; jail days counted as three days; R.C. 2945.72; mental competence determination; tolling; motion of the accused; reasonable doubt; R.C. 2901.05(E); plain error; Crim.R. 52(B); amplification upon reasonable doubt instruction; manifest weight; sufficient evidence; kidnapping; R.C. 2905.01(A)(4); sexual motivation specification; R.C. 2941.147; rape; R.C. 2907.02(A)(2); domestic violence; R.C. 2919.25(A); ineffective assistance of counsel.LucciAshtabula 8/28/2023 8/28/2023 2023-Ohio-3019
Meros v. Protec Auto Body & Restoration, L.L.C. 2022-P-0087CIVIL - small-claim complaint; negligence; failure to perform repairs in a workmanlike fashion; vehicle; partial damages; magistrate; no transcript of proceedings filed; exhibits are part of transcript; factual objections; pro se; Civ.R. 53; cannot review merits.LucciPortage 8/28/2023 8/28/2023 2023-Ohio-3020
State v. Warfield 2022-T-0117CRIMINAL LAW - Anders v. California; guilty plea; mental condition; competency; plea colloquy; Crim.R. 11; indefinite prison sentence; Reagan Tokes Law.PattonTrumbull 8/28/2023 8/28/2023 2023-Ohio-3021
Duncan v. Portage Cty. Bd. of Revision 2023-L-035ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL - board of revision; Ohio board of tax appeals; decrease in property value; BTA reinstated original property value; statutory requirements for appeal; core of procedural efficiency; jurisdictional; R.C. 5717.04; appeal dismissed.LucciLake 8/28/2023 8/28/2023 2023-Ohio-3022
State v. Haines 2022-A-0106CRIMINAL - Crim.R. 32.1; motion to withdraw guilty plea; ineffective assistance of counsel; guilty pleaLynchAshtabula 8/28/2023 8/28/2023 2023-Ohio-3016
State v. Brown 2023-L-023CRIMINAL LAW - speeding; R.C. 4511.21(D)(2); motion to suppress; pacing; pre-stop evidence; reasonable suspicion of traffic law violation; speedy trial; R.C. 2945.71; waiver; tolling events; due process; Brady v. Maryland; plain error; unfair surprise; Crim.R. 16; sufficiency of the evidence; accuracy of radar and speedometer; manifest weight; witness credibility; points assessment; R.C. 4510.036.TrappLake 8/28/2023 8/28/2023 2023-Ohio-3017
In re G.C.M.G. 2023-P-0024 & 2023-P-0025TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS - permanent custody; parental rights; R.C. 2151.414; best interest of the child; clear and convincing evidence; manifest weight of the evidence; compliance with case plan; impact on child's well-being; past activity of parent; parent's ability to care for childLynchPortage 8/25/2023 8/28/2023 2023-Ohio-3018
State ex rel. Chester v. Doherty 2023-P-0038EXTRAORDINARY WRIT - petition for writ of mandamus; affidavit of indigency; R.C. 2969.25(C); requirements of R.C. 2969.25(C) are mandatory.EklundPortage 8/21/2023 8/21/2023 2023-Ohio-2921
State v. Pencille 2022-A-0093, 2022-A-0094, 2022-A-0095 & 2022-A-0096CRIMINAL LAW - trial court's failure to mention forfeiture specification was not a failure to explain the "nature of the charge" or a violation of Crim.R. 5(A), 10, 11; trial court did not improperly order forfeiture of firearm, appellant had notice and a hearing.TrappAshtabula 8/21/2023 8/21/2023 2023-Ohio-2922
Hallisy v. Hallisy 2022-G-0048CIVIL - domestic violence protection order; abuse of discretion; admissibility of evidence; proffer; relevant evidence; past abuse; fear of further harm; prejudice; cross-examination; leading questions; error affecting substantial right; credibilityLynchGeauga 8/21/2023 8/21/2023 2023-Ohio-2923
Perkins v. Perkins 2023-G-0017APPELLATE REVIEW – R.C. 2505.02(B); No final order exists until all issues relating to property division, support and parental rights and responsibilities have been addressed; An entry that leaves issues unresolved and contemplates further action is not a final appealable order.PattonGeauga 8/21/2023 8/21/2023 2023-Ohio-2924
Tax Ease OH IV., L.L.C. v. Osmic 2023-L-066APPELLATE REVIEW- lack of a final appealable order; R.C. 2505.02(B)(2); denial of motion to dismiss is not a final appealable order; appeal can be sought after disposition of entire case.LynchLake 8/21/2023 8/21/2023 2023-Ohio-2925
Ledet v. Ledet 2023-L-069APPELLATE REVIEW - Separate and distinct entry needed; magistrate's decision alone is insufficient; interlocutory appeal; only judges not magistrates may terminate actions through a judgment.EklundLake 8/21/2023 8/21/2023 2023-Ohio-2926
Rusu v. Carter-Jones Lumber Co. 2022-P-0085CIVIL - summary judgment; Civ.R. 56; bonus agreement; unambiguous; employment at distribution date required.PattonPortage 8/21/2023 8/21/2023 2023-Ohio-2927
State ex rel. Yeager v. Lake Cty. Court of Common Pleas 2023-L-033EXTRAORDINARY WRIT - original actions; writ of prohibition; writ of mandamus; release; habeas corpus appropriate vehicle; subject matter jurisdiction; trial court; waiver of counsel; pro se; trial court did no23g0019t patently and unambiguously lack jurisdiction; adequate remedy at law.Per CuriamLake 8/21/2023 8/21/2023 2023-Ohio-2928
In re Name Change of L.J.T. to L.J.S. 2023-L-025PROBATE - Application to change minor child’s surname from father’s surname to mother's surname; R.C. 2717.01(B); best interest of the child; factors set forth in In re Willhite, 85 Ohio St.3d 28 (1999); no abuse of discretion.PattonLake 8/21/2023 8/21/2023 2023-Ohio-2929
State v. Ober 2023-P-0051 & 2023-P-0052APPELLATE REVIEW - R.C. 2505.02; criminal case; set for sentencing hearing; no disposition; dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.LucciPortage 8/21/2023 8/21/2023 2023-Ohio-2930
In re B.C.A. 2022-L-101PROBATE - birth record; birth certificate; sex marker; R.C. 3705.15; statutory interpretation; legislative intent; plain language; unambiguous; corrections to birth record; properly and accurately recorded.LucciLake 8/21/2023 8/21/2023 2023-Ohio-2931
State ex rel. Justice v. McBride 2022-L-066Writ of MandamusGwinLake 8/21/2023 8/28/2023 2023-Ohio-3023
State v. Miller 2022-A-0075CRIMINAL - Rape; R.C. 2907.02(A)(1)(b); Gross Sexual Imposition; R.C. 2907.05(A)(4); abuse of discretion; leading questions; leading questions should not be used on the direct examination of a witness except as may be necessary to develop the witness' testimony; manifest weight of the evidence; sexual conduct; R.C. 2907.01(A); sexual contact; R.C. 2907.01(B).EklundAshtabula 8/14/2023 8/14/2023 2023-Ohio-2826
State v. Bakos 2022-A-0098CRIMINAL - Operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol; OVI; R.C. 4511.19(A)(1)(d); sentencing; stipulated sentence; R.C. 2953.08(D)(1); minimum mandatory license suspension; it was error for trial court to accept a stipulated sentence to minimum mandatory OVI penalties but to impose a license suspension greater than the minimum mandatory sentence.EklundAshtabula 8/14/2023 8/14/2023 2023-Ohio-2827
State v. Dunn 2022-G-0041CRIMINAL - R.C. 2925.03(A)(1)(C)(1)(a); Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs; R.C. 2925.03(A)(2)(C)(1)(b); Aggravated Possession of Drugs; R.C. 2925.11(A)(C)(1)(a); Trafficking in Cocaine; R.C. 2925.03(A)(2)(C)(4)(b); Possession of Cocaine; R.C. 2925.11(A)(C)(4)(a); trafficking in the vicinity of child requires the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant prepared to distribute a controlled substance for sale within 100 feet of a juvenile; sufficiency of the evidence; manifest weight of the evidence; motion in limine; Evid.R. 404(B)(1); Crim.R. 32.2 requires a pre-sentence investigation only before granting probation or community control sanctions; consecutive sentences.EklundGeauga 8/14/2023 8/14/2023 2023-Ohio-2828
In re Estate of Jones 2022-G-0051CIVIL LAW - trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying motion to remove third-party administrator, appellant failed to introduce evidence of administrator's unsuitability and failed to demonstrate his own suitability as next of kin; trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying motion to proffer, which was disingenuous, not relevant, and did not challenge the suitability of the third-party administrator.TrappGeauga 8/14/2023 8/14/2023 2023-Ohio-2829
Pollnow v. Polivka 2022-T-0104 & 2022-T-0105CIVIL LAW - concealment action; trial court did not abuse discretion in denying alleged interested party as potential creditor to estate's motion to tax costs; no statutory authority to award attorney fees or expert's witness fees, creditor was not prevailing party or in privity with estate or its administrator.TrappTrumbull 8/14/2023 8/14/2023 2023-Ohio-2830
State v. Honzu 2022-T-0122CRIMINAL LAW - Trial court did not err by overruling Crim.R. 29 motion for kidnapping counts, trier of fact does not have to find appellant not guilty of an offense before considering lesser included offense of attempted kidnapping; sufficient evidence appellant attempted to restrain the liberty of another for the purpose of nonconsensual sexual activity; appellant was not denied effective assistance of counsel, no reasonable probability motions to suppress evidence seized from inventory and warrant searches of appellant's vehicle and cell phone would have been granted, cumulative errors of counsel cannot be established by simply joining meritless claims together.TrappTrumbull 8/14/2023 8/14/2023 2023-Ohio-2831