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Dailey v. Miller 2021-G-0032CIVIL - motion to vacate; default judgment; foreclosure; Civ.R. 60(B); excusable neglect; evidence of prior criminal convictions; motion to strike; Civ.R. 12(F); ripeness; Evid.R. 609; common law motion to vacate a void judgment; lack of reasoning.TrappGeauga 6/30/2022 6/30/2022 2022-Ohio-2280
State ex rel. Ames v. Geauga Cty. Bd. of Revision 2021-G-0039CIVIL - summary judgment; Open Meetings Act; R.C. 121.22; quorum; board of revision; hearing boards; deputies; R.C. 5715.02; R.C. 3.06(A).TrappGeauga 6/30/2022 6/30/2022 2022-Ohio-2281
State v. Heald 2021-L-111 & 2021-L-112CRIMINAL - assault; R.C. 2903.13(A); bench trial; hearsay; Evid.R. 801(D)(2)(a); weight and sufficiency of the evidence; defense of another; non-deadly force; ineffective assistance of counselLynchLake 6/30/2022 6/30/2022 2022-Ohio-2282
State v. Swift 2022-A-0005CRIMINAL - Endangering Children; Domestic Violence; subject-matter jurisdiction; juvenile court; exclusive jurisdiction; void; ineffective assistance of counsel; bad acts; bench trial; presumed to consider relevant, admissible evidence; prejudice; Crim.R. 29; "proper and reasonable discipline"LynchAshtabula 6/30/2022 6/30/2022 2022-Ohio-2283
Ostanek v. Ostanek 2019-L-140CIV.R. 60 - motion to vacate; qualified domestic relations order; court order acceptable for processing; retirement benefits; survivor annuity; coverture method; marital portion; federal employees retirement system; office of personnel management; federal regulations; proposed order; modification of divorce decree; notice and opportunity to be heard; lack of service; Civ.R. 5; Civ.R. 58(B); Civ.R. 60(B)(5); meritorious claim or defense; reasonable time.WrightLake 6/27/2022 6/27/2022 2022-Ohio-2197
State v. Lusane 2021-P-0110CRIMINAL LAW - Crim.R. 57; Crim.R. 60(B); motion for relief from judgment; reasonable time.WrightPortage 6/27/2022 6/27/2022 2022-Ohio-2198
State v. Casey 2021-T-0029CRIMINAL LAW - improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation; jury instructions; self-defense; castle doctrine; residence; dwelling; ineffective assistance of counsel; PTSD.WrightTrumbull 6/27/2022 6/27/2022 2022-Ohio-2199
State v. Craig 2021-L-023CRIMINAL LAW - blackout is more than a loss of remembrance; affirmative defense; ineffective assistance of counsel; jury instruction; consecutive sentences; the rules of evidence are inapplicable to sentencing hearings; GetGo manager's testimony regarding the costs to repair and replace gas pump was inadmissible hearsay; harmless error; affirmed.RiceLake 6/27/2022 6/27/2022 2022-Ohio-2200
State ex rel. Internatl. Assn. of Fire Fighters v. Barbish 2021-L-103CIVIL - declaratory judgment; writ of mandamus; civil service commission; collective bargaining agreement; fire fighter; fire chief; retire; rehire; vacancy; permanent absence; R.C. 124.50; summary judgment; standingLynchLake 6/27/2022 6/27/2022 2022-Ohio-2201
Howard v. Go Ahead Vacations, Inc. 2021-T-0041CIVIL - forum selection clause; noncommercial contract; consumer; "less readily enforceable"; overreaching; public policy; unreasonable forum; inconvenient forum; de novoLynchTrumbull 6/27/2022 6/27/2022 2022-Ohio-2202
State v. Fambro 2021-T-0042CRIMINAL - suspension, waiver, and modification of court costs; R.C. 2947.23(C)LynchTrumbull 6/27/2022 6/27/2022 2022-Ohio-2203
State v. Pishner 2021-P-0063CRIMINAL LAW - post-sentence motion to withdraw plea; Crim.R. 32.1; manifest injustice. POSTCONVICTION RELIEF - untimely petition; R.C. 2953.21; R.C. 2953.23; guilty plea.WrightPortage 6/21/2022 6/21/2022 2022-Ohio-2099
State v. Wright 2021-A-0029CRIMINAL LAW - community control violation; cut off electronic-monitoring device; capias warrant; Anders brief; no error in sentencing; no prejudicial statement by prosecutor; revocation process; full compliance; sufficient, credible evidence of violation; motion to withdraw granted.RiceAshtabula 6/21/2022 6/21/2022 2022-Ohio-2100
Conneaut v. Babcock 2021-A-0045CRIMINAL LAW - violation of ordinance; speedy trial; several waivers; tolling periods; no days chargeable to state; constitutionality of ordinance; discharging either a rifle or a pellet gun; air gun; firearm; common meaning; on notice; no due process violation; no one-subject rule violation; not unconstitutionally vague; no violation of statutory procedures; no obvious irregularities.RiceAshtabula 6/21/2022 6/21/2022 2022-Ohio-2101
In re J.P. 2021-L-104JUVENILE LAW - serious youth offender, trial court lacked statutory authority to impose adult portion of sentence, failed to meet requirements of R.C. 2152.14(E)(1)(b), juvenile was neither admitted to detention facility nor had pending criminal charges, sentence vacated; consecutive sentences moot.TrappLake 6/21/2022 6/21/2022 2022-Ohio-2102
State v. Montalbine 2021-L-114CRIMINAL LAW - jail-time credit; involuntarily served sentence; preserved right to appeal; appeal moot as sentence was served before appeal was heard and sentence and not conviction was appealed; sentence imposed within statutory range; dismissed as moot.RiceLake 6/21/2022 6/21/2022 2022-Ohio-2103
State v. Wilmington 2022-P-0027APPELLATE REVIEW - App.R. 4(A)(1); remedy under App.R. 5(A) to file untimely criminal appeal.WrightPortage 6/21/2022 6/21/2022 2022-Ohio-2104
State v. Hetrick 2021-G-0022CRIMINAL LAW - application to seal record of conviction; OVI conviction statutorily exempt from sealing; when one conviction is exempt from sealing under R.C. 2953.36, none of the convictions under the same case number may be sealed, except as otherwise provided in R.C. 2953.61; State v. Futtrall, 123 Ohio St.3d 498.WrightGeauga 6/13/2022 6/13/2022 2022-Ohio-1993
State v. James 2021-P-0020CRIMINAL - restitution; civil judgment; sentencing entry; R.C. 2929.18(A)(1).WrightPortage 6/13/2022 6/13/2022 2022-Ohio-1994
Forsythe Fin., L.L.C. v. Austin 2021-P-0090OTHER CIVIL RULES - summary judgment; failure to timely respond to requests for admissions; unsigned, unsworn, and unserved answers to interrogatories; Civ.R. 33; Civ.R. 36; Civ.R. 56.WrightPortage 6/13/2022 6/13/2022 2022-Ohio-1996
Yeager v. Arconic Inc. 2021-T-0052WORKERS' COMPENSATION - summary judgment; COVID-19; common illness to which the general public is exposed; not a compensable occupational disease.WrightTrumbull 6/13/2022 6/13/2022 2022-Ohio-1997
Shamrock v. Cobra Resources, L.L.C. 2020-T-0075, 2020-T-0076CIVIL - motion to amend pleadings; Civ.R. 15; summary judgment; mortgage; after-acquired property; mineral estate; sheriff's deed; merger doctrine; undue influence; unconscionability; affirmative defense; waiver; privity; essential element; sua sponte; unraised issue; damages; attorney fees; American Rule; warranty of title; covenant of quiet enjoyment; compensatory damages; settlement agreement.TrappTrumbull 6/13/2022 6/13/2022 2022-Ohio-1998
State v. Berrios 2022-A-0043APPELLATE REVIEW - Denial of a criminal defendant's pretrial motion to suppress prior to the conclusion of the trial is not a final appealable order.EklundAshtabula 6/13/2022 6/13/2022 2022-Ohio-1999
State v. Collica 2022-P-0026APPELLATE REVIEW - App.R. 4(A)(1); untimely appeal; remedy under App.R. 5(A) to file untimely criminal appeal.RicePortage 6/13/2022 6/13/2022 2022-Ohio-2000
State v. Gunther 2022-T-0038APPELLATE REVIEW - App.R. 5(A); motion for leave to file a delayed appeal; appeal untimely filed by over 14 years; even if not advised of appellate rights, appellant still obligated to take proper steps to protect his rights within a reasonable time.LynchTrumbull 6/13/2022 6/13/2022 2022-Ohio-2001
Westerfield v. Bracy 2022-T-0012EXTRAORDINARY WRITS - habeas corpus; Civ.R. 12(B)(6); failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted; other adequate remedy at law precludes the matter from being addressed via habeas corpus relief; petitioner failed to raised issue on direct appeal.Per CuriamTrumbull 6/6/2022 6/6/2022 2022-Ohio-1904
Ames v. Portage Cty. Budget Comm. 2021-P-0074CIVIL - Open Meetings Act; R.C. 121.22(F); establishment of a rule; special meetings; notice; county budget commission; R.C. 5705.27; summary judgment; particularity; erroneous reasoning; terms of injunction; invited or harmless error.TrappPortage 6/6/2022 6/6/2022 2022-Ohio-1905
State v. Trimble 2022-P-0004CIVIL - successive petition for postconviction relief; R.C. 2953.23; death penalty; facial constitutional challenge; as applied constitutional challenge; Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments; right to jury trial.TrappPortage 6/6/2022 6/6/2022 2022-Ohio-1906
Ruckman v. Smith 2021-T-0036CIVIL - Summary Judgment; Civ.R. 56(C); political subdivision immunity; R.C. 2744.02(C); denial of political subdivision immunity is a final appealable order; R.C. 2744.02(B)(3); Road "in repair" exception to immunity; threshold question was not whether the road was safe or unsafe, but whether the road was "in repair" under statute; the placement of an incorrect, but discretionary traffic control device will not strip immunity.EklundTrumbull 5/31/2022 5/31/2022 2022-Ohio-1813
State v. Byas 2021-L-064CRIMINAL LAW - ineffective assistance of counsel, plea, Crim. R. 11 colloquy ensured plea was voluntary, need more than bare allegations, allegations not based on evidence in record improper in a direct appeal and should be raised in a petition for postconviction relief; consecutive sentences, trial court made appropriate findings pursuant to R.C. 2929.14(C)(4) at sentencing hearing and in the sentencing judgment entry.TrappLake 5/31/2022 5/31/2022 2022-Ohio-1814
State v. Wright 2021-L-107, 2021-L-108CRIMINAL LAW - OVI; obstructing official business; jury trial; sufficiency of the evidence; impaired driving ability; affirmative act; manifest weight of the evidence; credibility; misdemeanor sentencing; Fifth Amendment; right to remain silent; appropriateness of community control; R.C. 2929.22(C); clerical mistakes; Crim.R. 36; nunc pro tunc.TrappLake 5/31/2022 5/31/2022 2022-Ohio-1815
Acuity, Mut. Ins. Co. v. Progressive Specialty Ins. Co. 2021-P-0001CIVIL LAW - declaratory judgment; summary judgment reversed; competing insurance policies, escape clause is negated, two excess clauses result in both covering loss according to proration method.TrappPortage 5/31/2022 5/31/2022 2022-Ohio-1816
State ex rel. US Bank Trust, Natl. Assn. v. Trumbull Cty., Bd. of Commrs. 2021-T-0023ORIGINAL ACTION - mandamus; Civ.R. 12(B)(6); tax foreclosure; delinquent lands; taking; land bank; appropriation proceedings; security interest; standing; plain and adequate remedy in the ordinary course of law; direct appealPer CuriamTrumbull 5/31/2022 5/31/2022 2022-Ohio-1817
State v. Warfield 2021-T-0050CRIMINAL LAW - community control revocation; due process; plain error; written notice of claimed violation; preparation of defense; judicial notice; prejudice.TrappTrumbull 5/31/2022 5/31/2022 2022-Ohio-1818
State v. Thames 2021-L-094, 2021-L-095, 2021-L-096, 2021-L-097, 2021-L-098, 2021-L-099CRIMINAL - Cruelty against companion animals; R.C. 2951.02(A); random probationary searches; R.C. 2929.28(A)(3); reimbursement is the proper financial sanction to a humane society for the care of animals; restitution hearing not required for when reimbursement is ordered; ability to pay a financial sanction; permanent bar from owning or caring for a companion animal.EklundLake 5/23/2022 5/23/2022 2022-Ohio-1715
State v. Farhat 2021-P-0111CRIMINAL - SENTENCING; right of allocution; Crim.R. 32(A)(1).EklundPortage 5/23/2022 5/23/2022 2022-Ohio-1716
State ex rel. Allenbaugh v. Sezon 2022-A-0002EXTRAORDINARY WRITS - prohibition; patent and unambiguous lack of jurisdiction; forcible entry and detainer; divesting of jurisdiction; jurisdiction to enforce judgment; stay of execution of judgment; dismissed appeal.Per CuriamAshtabula 5/23/2022 5/23/2022 2022-Ohio-1718
Echols v. Echols 2021-G-0040CIVIL - appointment of receiver; R.C. 2735.01; final order; further action contemplated; extraordinary remedy; continuance; party or person interested in the action; R.C. 2735.02; implied consent; conflict of interest; attorney may not serve as witnessLynchGeauga 5/23/2022 5/23/2022 2022-Ohio-1719
Ruiz v. Musa 2021-L-088DOMESTIC RELATIONS - shared parenting; due process; presentation of evidence and witnesses; Zoom hearing; GAL report; hearsayLynchLake 5/23/2022 5/23/2022 2022-Ohio-1720
Mantua Twp. Bd. of Trustees v. Kukral 2021-P-0093CIVIL - magistrate's decision; township zoning violations; civil action for injunctive relief; R.C. 519.24; fines; R.C. 519.99; anticipatory contempt; cross-appeal; App.R. 3(C)(1).TrappPortage 5/23/2022 5/23/2022 2022-Ohio-1721
Butorac v. Osmic 2022-L-010APPELLATE REVIEW - Trial court judgment can only be immediately reviewed by an appellate court if it constitutes a final order; R.C. 2505.02(B); deferring damages for a later determination is not a final appealable order.RiceLake 5/23/2022 5/23/2022 2022-Ohio-1722
Amato v. Brady 2022-L-015APPELLATE REVIEW - App.R. 4(A); thirty-day rule; Civ.R. 58(B); untimely appeal.WrightLake 5/23/2022 5/23/2022 2022-Ohio-1723
State v. Powell 2022-T-0040 & 2022-T-0041APPELLATE REVIEW: App.R. 4(A); untimely appeal; App.R. 5(A); motion for delayed appeal; notice of appeal must be filed concurrently with the filing of a motion for delayed appeal.TrappTrumbull 5/23/2022 5/23/2022 2022-Ohio-1724
Molzon v. Molzon 2021-A-0024CHILD CUSTODY - motion to terminate shared parenting; best interest of the children; requirement magistrate explicitly state factors pursuant to R.C. 3109.04(F); termination of child support remanded because no child support worksheet and financial information were submitted.TrappAshtabula 5/16/2022 5/16/2022 2022-Ohio-1634
State v. White 2021-L-106CRIMINAL LAW - bench trial; conviction; formal demand for jury trial; no objection to proceeding to bench trial is not waiver; silent acquiescence is not a waiver; no written waiver; prejudicial error.RiceLake 5/16/2022 5/16/2022 2022-Ohio-1635
State v. Vieira 2021-L-110CRIMINAL - abduction; operating a vehicle under the influence; sentencing factors; clearly and convincingly contrary to law; R.C. 2929.11; and R.C. 2929.12; weighing of factors; judicial fact-finding; household relationship; "any other relevant factors"LynchLake 5/16/2022 5/16/2022 2022-Ohio-1636
State v. Dudas 2021-L-115 & 2021-L-116CRIMINAL LAW - Jus Necessitatis; court did not err in striking appellant's repetitious motion for postconviction relief pursuant to its prior order; motion was otherwise barred by res judicata; right to counsel attaches only when adversarial proceedings are initiated against an individual for a particular incident; Sixth Amendment right to counsel is offense specific; affirmed.RiceLake 5/16/2022 5/16/2022 2022-Ohio-1637
State v. Talley 2021-T-0044CRIMINAL - felony sentencing; consecutive sentences; proportionality; R.C. 2929.14(C)(4)LynchTrumbull 5/16/2022 5/16/2022 2022-Ohio-1638
In re A.W. 2021-A-0026JUVENILE - CUSTODY - abused child; dispositional hearing; R.C. 2151.35(A)(1); Juv.R. 2(B); Juv.R. 3(M); evidence at dispositional hearing revealed appellant-mother, father, or grandmother were only three possible parties responsible for injury to child; court order case plan required appellant to cooperate with police investigation into child's injuries; Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination is a personal right; trial court's case plan requirement has not terminated or limited parental rights based on unwillingness to admit wrongdoing; mere decision to not cooperate with investigation did not automatically implicate the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination; appellant may still invoke right against self-incrimination if she chooses to cooperate with investigation to complete case plan requirements; advisory opinions not appropriate.EklundAshtabula 5/9/2022 5/9/2022 2022-Ohio-1553
State v. Gambino 2021-T-0018CRIMINAL - Self-Defense; Jury instruction; instruction must be given if a correct statement, applicable to facts of the case, and if reasonable minds might reach the conclusion sought by requested instruction; defendant required to meet burden of production for prima facie case of self-defense; instruction not required where defendant failed to put forth sufficient evidence to meet burden of production; instruction not required when evidence showed defendant was at fault for creating situation giving rise to affray; manifest weight of the evidence; merger of offenses; merger of felonious assault and aggravated robbery not required when separate harms result from offenses; merger of felonious assault and aggravated robbery not required when level of violence far in excess of that necessary to commit aggravated robbery.EklundTrumbull 5/9/2022 5/9/2022 2022-Ohio-1554