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State v. Douglas 2022-T-0102CRIMINAL - Competency hearing; competency evaluation; R.C. 2945.37(B).EklundTrumbull 5/30/2023 5/30/2023 2023-Ohio-1791
State v. Bentley 2022-L-076 & 2022-L-080CRIMINAL - Assault; manifest weight of the evidence; sufficient evidence; credibility; self-defense; double jeopardy; voidable; void; subject matter jurisdiction; harmless errorLynchLake 5/30/2023 5/30/2023 2023-Ohio-1792
State v. Hickman 2022-A-0114CRIMINAL LAW - murders; not guilty by reason of insanity; petition for conditional release; hospital; less-restricted group home; experts recommend; clear and convincing standard; unsupervised status; court enjoys broader discretion; based upon intellectual deficits and reason for original commitment, petition denied; judgment not unsound or unreasonable.LucciLake 5/30/2023 5/30/2023 2023-Ohio-1793
Acosta v. Rubalcava 2022-L-128 & 2023-L-002CIVIL - forcible entry and detainer; hearing; paused; matter continued; counterclaims; damages exceed jurisdiction of municipal court; so interrelated that claims must be heard together; failure to remove; court erred in adjudicating without jurisdiction; due process; appellants denied opportunity to be heard.LucciLake 5/30/2023 5/30/2023 2023-Ohio-1794
Ashtabula Cty. Med. Ctr. v. Scruggs 2022-A-0061CIVIL - medical bills; minor child; noncustodial parent; child support; social security; R.C. 3103.03; failure to appear at pretrial hearing; mediation; failure to appear at mediation; motion to dismiss for failure to prosecute; motion to enforce settlement; dismissal of party in previous lawsuit otherwise than on the merits; Civ.R. 4(E); Civ.R. 41(B)(4).LucciAshtabula 5/30/2023 5/30/2023 2023-Ohio-1795
State v. Tamas 2022-A-0070CRIMINAL - Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs; R.C. 2925.03(A)(2); ineffective assistance of counsel; failure to file motion to suppress; no ineffective assistance of counsel where a motion would not be successful and the outcome of the proceedings would not have been different; Fourth Amendment; unreasonable search and seizure; an order to remain in a vehicle based on the non-suspect passenger's admission to possessing a knife is not an unreasonable seizure; officer may rely on other independent basis to detain non-suspect passenger in vehicle, i.e. failure to wear a seatbelt.EklundAshtabula 5/22/2023 5/22/2023 2023-Ohio-1710
State v. McCaulley 2022-L-105CRIMINAL - OVI; R.C. 4511.19(A)(1)(a); Improperly Handling Firearms in a Motor Vehicle; R.C. 2923.16(D)(1); Evid.R. 803(8)(b); admission of hearsay; a police report was hearsay and not admissible because the statement in question was not based on the officer's firsthand observation. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests; Vertical Gaze Nystagmus Test; R.C. 4511.19(D)(4)(b) requires the State to show by clear and convincing evidence that field sobriety tests were administered in substantial compliance; failure to challenge admissibility of field sobriety tests through motion to suppress results in waiver of issue; Sufficiency of the evidence.EklundLake 5/22/2023 5/22/2023 2023-Ohio-1711
Schultz v. Schultz 2022-P-0049CIVIL - divorce; trial court did not abuse its discretion by adopting parties' agreement; psychiatric evaluation to determine best interests of children in custody proceedings is not akin to a mental status examination to determine capacity to enter into contractual agreements; raised for first time on appeal; failed to file a transcript.TrappPortage 5/22/2023 5/22/2023 2023-Ohio-1712
State v. Schultz 2022-P-0054CRIMINAL LAW - trial court did not abuse discretion by denying appellant's post-sentence motion to withdraw no contest plea 30 months after sentencing; failed to file transcript; self-serving affidavit; only evidence at hearing on post-sentence motion was his own testimony that he was satisfied with counsel at time of plea, his rights were explained to him, and he willingly waived them; received benefit of plea agreement.TrappPortage 5/22/2023 5/22/2023 2023-Ohio-1713
In re P.V.A. 2022-A-0097CIVIL - Granting legal custody to a third party; best interest of the child.EklundAshtabula 5/15/2023 5/15/2023 2023-Ohio-1622
State v. Hare 2022-A-0048CRIMINAL - Felonious Assault; Using Weapons While Intoxicated; self-defense; sufficient evidence; manifest weight of the evidenceLynchAshtabula 5/15/2023 5/15/2023 2023-Ohio-1623
State v. Ritchey 2022-G-0025CRIMINAL - Murder; venue; jury instructions. R.C. 2901.12(J); expert testimony; live birth; Evid.R. 702; dissociative disorder; diminished capacity; culpable mental state; autopsy report; hearsay; confrontation clause; Evid.R. 803(6) and (8); coroners; manifest weight of the evidenceLynchGeauga 5/15/2023 5/15/2023 2023-Ohio-1625
State v. Campbell 2022-L-060CRIMINAL - post-sentence motion to withdraw guilty plea; Crim.R. 32.1; abuse of discretion; freely and liberally granted; legitimate and reasonableLynchLake 5/15/2023 5/15/2023 2023-Ohio-1626
State v. Jarrett 2022-T-0081CRIMINAL - Assault; manifest weight of the evidenceLynchTrumbull 5/15/2023 5/15/2023 2023-Ohio-1627
State v. Murray 2022-T-0075 & 2022-T-0076CRIMINAL LAW - guilty plea; Crim.R. 11; knowing, voluntary and intelligent plea; statements made at sentencing; no requirement to explain potential suppression issues; Reagan Tokes Law; constitutionality; indeterminate sentence.LucciTrumbull 5/15/2023 5/15/2023 2023-Ohio-1628
Chester v. Davis 2023-T-0013EXTRAORDINARY WRITS - petition for writ of habeas corpus; speedy trial; voluntary nature of plea; delayed sentencing; motion to dismiss; Civ.R. 12(B)(6); adequate remedy in ordinary course of law; subject matter jurisdiction.Per CuriamTrumbull 5/15/2023 5/15/2023 2023-Ohio-1629
State v. Smith 2022-P-0034CRIMINAL - Domestic Violence; R.C. 2919.25(A); Resisting Arrest; R.C. 2921.33(A); Obstructing Official Business; R.C. 2921.31(A); the right to testify is personal to the defendant and may be relinquished only by the defendant; a defendant's constitutional right to testify is contingent upon a timely demand by the defendant; ineffective assistance of counsel.EklundPortage 5/8/2023 5/8/2023 2023-Ohio-1533
State v. Elamin 2022-T-0034CRIMINAL - Soliciting; R.C. 2907.24(A)(1); Possessing Criminal Tools; R.C. 2923.24(A); motion to continue; admission of evidence; Evid.R. 901(A); Evid.R. 901(B)(1); judgment of acquittal; Crim.R. 29(A); sufficiency of the evidence; waiver of Miranda rights; a Miranda waiver need not be in writing to be valid.EklundTrumbull 5/8/2023 5/8/2023 2023-Ohio-1534
State v. Graley 2022-A-0088Aggravated Murder; Anders v. California; guilty plea; wholly frivolous; greater than minimum sentence; jointly agreed sentence; sentence authorized by law; sentence not subject to review; R.C. 2953.08(D)(3); competent to stand trial; knowing and voluntary plea; Crim.R. 11LynchAshtabula 5/8/2023 5/8/2023 2023-Ohio-1535
State ex rel. Jones v. Paschke 2022-G-0037ORIGINAL ACTION - writ of prohibition denied; respondent's motion for summary judgment granted; petitioner cannot establish court of common pleas patently and unambiguously lacks jurisdiction to proceed upon grandparent's complaint for visitation pursuant to R.C. 3109.11; whether trial court has authority to appoint GAL is not a question of subject matter jurisdiction but of the trial court's exercise of jurisdiction; adequate remedy by way of an appeal.Per CuriamGeauga 5/8/2023 5/8/2023 2023-Ohio-1536
A.J. Constr. Co. v. Steel Valley Paving & Concrete, Inc. 2022-T-0098CIVIL - relief from judgment; excusable neglect; Civ.R. 60(B)(1); abuse of discretion; withdrawal of attorney; failure to appear at trial.TrappTrumbull 5/8/2023 5/8/2023 2023-Ohio-1537
Mentor v. Jarvis 2022-L-111, 2022-L-112, 2022-L-114, 2022-L-115CRIMINAL LAW - traffic charges; obstructing official business; sovereign status; prosecutor did not receive motion; Civ.R. 5(B); personal sovereignty claim is not jurisdictional; municipal court possessed jurisdiction; denial of oral motion to continue; no abuse of discretion; alleged financial interest or bias; no affidavit of disqualification filed; no error.LucciLake 5/8/2023 5/8/2023 2023-Ohio-1538
State v. McCoy 2022-P-0059CRIMINAL LAW - cruelty to a companion animal; R.C. 959.131(C); Anders; Crim.R. 11; knowing, intelligent, and voluntary plea; ineffective assistance of counsel; felony sentence; not contrary to law; wholly frivolous.LucciPortage 5/8/2023 5/8/2023 2023-Ohio-1539
State v. Hutsenpiller 2022-T-0087CRIMINAL LAW - post-sentence; motion to withdraw guilty plea; manifest injustice standard; counsel not required in a post-sentence motion to withdraw; may be necessary if a hearing is required; ineffective assistance of counsel; dehors the record.LucciTrumbull 5/8/2023 5/8/2023 2023-Ohio-1540
State v. Stevenson 2022-T-0100CRIMINAL LAW: guilty plea; Crim.R. 11; knowing, voluntary, and intelligent plea.LucciTrumbull 5/8/2023 5/8/2023 2023-Ohio-1541
In re A.M. 2022-A-0107 & 2022-A-0108JUVENILE - motion for permanent custody; termination of parental rights; best interest of children; legally secure permanent placement; manifest weight of the evidence; clear and convincing evidence.TrappAshtabula 4/25/2023 5/1/2023 2023-Ohio-1441
State v. Reed 2022-A-0082CRIMINAL - Endangering Children; R.C. 2919.22(A); R.C. 2929.11; R.C. 2929.12; R.C. 2953.08(G)(2)(a) provides for limited review of whether the record supports a trial court's sentencing findings under specific statutes; R.C. 2953.08(G)(2)(b) provides that court of appeals may review whether a sentence is contrary to law; 24 month sentence for a third-degree felony conviction was not contrary to law; nunc pro tunc; Crim.R. 36 allows trial court to correct clerical mistakes.EklundAshtabula 4/24/2023 4/24/2023 2023-Ohio-1324
Gouveia v. Cvengros 2022-T-0074CIVIL - Tort action; motor vehicle accident; enforcement of oral settlement agreement requires clear and convincing evidence of the terms of agreement and that parties entered into the agreement; mediation proceedings resulting in a purported settlement agreement are subject to privilege; R.C. 2710.04; factual dispute existed about whether appellants evidence proof of acceptance of oral settlement agreement.EklundTrumbull 4/24/2023 4/24/2023 2023-Ohio-1325
State v. Nutt 2022-T-0088CRIMINAL LAW - burglary; force; opening of a closed but unlocked door; jury instruction for lesser included offense of criminal trespass; sufficiency of the evidence; manifest weight.TrappTrumbull 4/24/2023 4/24/2023 2023-Ohio-1327
State ex rel. Ames v. Geauga Cty. Bd. of Revision 2022-G-0021CIVIL - Open Meetings Act; frivolous conduct; R.C. 121.22(I)(2)(b); appeal; divested of subject matter jurisdiction; collateral issue; magistrate's decision; objections; plain error.TrappGeauga 4/17/2023 4/17/2023 2023-Ohio-1247
State v. Freshwater 2022-L-071CRIMINAL LAW - indefinite sentences; Reagan Tokes Act; constitutionality; facial challenges; as-applied challenges not ripe; individual prison terms; Jones; not contrary to law.LucciLake 4/17/2023 4/17/2023 2023-Ohio-1248
State v. Light 2022-A-0055CRIMINAL - Cruelty to Animals; R.C. 959.13; right to allocute; Crim.R. 32(A)(1); new information introduced by judge at sentencing; prejudice; manifest weight of the evidence; sufficiency of the evidence; credibility of witnesses; harm to animal; unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering; prosecutorial misconduct; fair trial; prior bad acts; bias; disqualificationLynchAshtabula 4/10/2023 4/10/2023 2023-Ohio-1187
Menard, Inc. v. DiPaolo Indus. Dev., L.L.C. 2022-T-0032CIVIL - construction contract; summary judgment; counterclaim; breach of contract; unjust enrichment; change orders; waiver; weight of the evidence; conversion; defamation; attorney fees; indemnificationMastersTrumbull 4/10/2023 4/10/2023 2023-Ohio-1188
State v. Kovach 2022-G-0027CRIMINAL - Motion to continue; denying a motion to continue; standby counsel; hybrid representation prohibited; right to counsel; waiver of the right to counsel must be made voluntarily, knowingly, and intelligently; Crim.R. 44(C); R.C. 2945.37(B); competency evaluation; Crim.R. 32.2; a pre-sentence investigation is required only before granting probation or community control sanctions.EklundGeauga 3/31/2023 3/31/2023 2023-Ohio-1085
McFadden v. Discerni 2022-T-0019CIVIL - Civ.R. 56(C); summary judgment; negligence; premises liability; open and obvious doctrine; under the open and obvious doctrine, the nature of the hazard itself is sufficient warning and no duty is imposed on the homeowner; social guest; invitee.EklundTrumbull 3/31/2023 3/31/2023 2023-Ohio-1086
Frawley v. Beach 2022-A-0118APPELLATE REVIEW - R.C. 2505.02; no final order; issues not fully resolved; lack of jurisdiction.EklundAshtabula 3/31/2023 3/31/2023 2023-Ohio-1087
State v. Whethers 2022-L-091CRIMINAL LAW - Reagan Tokes Act, constitutional, does not violate doctrine of separation of powers, or rights to trial by jury and due process.TrappLake 3/31/2023 3/31/2023 2023-Ohio-1088
State v. ONeil 2020-P-0030CRIMINAL LAW - motion for leave to file a motion for a new trial; evidentiary hearing; Crim.R. 33; unavoidably prevented; clear and convincing proof; eyewitness evidence; expert testimony; new scientific theories; new legal authority.TrappPortage 3/31/2023 3/31/2023 2023-Ohio-1089
State v. Brownlee 2022-L-075CRIMINAL LAW - postsentence; motion to withdraw guilty plea; advisement; trial court; not eligible for judicial release during mandatory incarceration; did not misinform; R.C. 2929.20(C)(4); not eligible until five years after mandatory term served; in pari materia; trial court not required to inform defendant regarding judicial release during plea colloquy; res judicata.LucciLake 3/31/2023 3/31/2023 2023-Ohio-1090
State v. Scott 2022-T-0084CRIMINAL LAW - indefinite sentences; Reagan Tokes Act; constitutionality; facial challenges; as-applied challenges not ripe; individual prison terms; Jones; not contrary to law.LucciTrumbull 3/31/2023 3/31/2023 2023-Ohio-1091
State v. Dahlberg 2022-A-0063CRIMINAL - Post-Conviction Relief; R.C. 2953.02; abuse of discretion; dismissal of petition for post-conviction relief without a hearing; res judicata does not bar petitioner when from raising an issue when petitioner was represented pro se on direct appeal.EklundAshtabula 3/27/2023 3/27/2023 2023-Ohio-987
State v. Meeks 2022-A-0060CRIMINAL - Anders; wholly frivolous; guilty plea; voluntary; Crim.R. 11; competence; felony sentencing; indefinite sentence; restitutionLynchAshtabula 3/27/2023 3/27/2023 2023-Ohio-988
Jones v. Jones 2022-G-0032CIVIL- suggestion of death; death of party; abatement; motion to vacate; personal jurisdiction; R.C. 2311.21; divorce; domestic violence protection order; R.C. 3113.31; issue adjudicated during lifetime of parties; ex parte order; Civ.R. 65.1(F)(2)LynchGeauga 3/27/2023 3/27/2023 2023-Ohio-989
State v. Johnson 2022-L-067 & 2022-L-068CRIMINAL - Reagan Tokes; indefinite sentence; separation of powers; right to fair hearing; due process; constitutionalLynchLake 3/27/2023 3/27/2023 2023-Ohio-990
Kubala v. Smith 2022-T-0094CIVIL - sexually hostile work environment; summary judgment; Civ.R. 56; political subdivision employee immunity; individual capacity; R.C. 2744.03(A)(6); R.C. 2744.02(C); manifestly outside the scope of the employee's employment or official responsibilities; malicious purpose; bad faith; wanton; reckless.LucciTrumbull 3/27/2023 3/27/2023 2023-Ohio-991
State v. Talley 2021-T-0044CRIMINAL LAW - reopened appeal; App.R. 26(B); ineffective assistance of appellate counsel; consecutive sentence findings; joint agreement as to sentence.TrappTrumbull 3/20/2023 3/20/2023 2023-Ohio-883
Redding v. United States Parachute Assn., Inc. 2022-G-0024CIVIL - membership; private organization; skydiving; refusal to renew membership; governance manual; breach of contract; negligence; intentional interference with business interest; Sarbanes-Oxley Act; Ohio's whistle-blower statute; Civ.R. 12(C); no contractual relationship; no cognizable cause of action for negligence; no Sarbanes-Oxley violation; no intentional interference with a business interest; no breach of duty of good faith; genuine issue of material fact as to Ohio whistle-blower claim; dismissal of claim for injunctive relief proper.BroganGeauga 3/20/2023 3/20/2023 2023-Ohio-884
Mickens v. Berry Global, Inc. 2022-P-0066APPELLATE REVIEW - failure to comply with local and appellate rules; appeal dismissed.TrappPortage 3/20/2023 3/20/2023 2023-Ohio-885
Russell v. McCloud 2022-T-0017 & 2022-T-0048CIVIL LAW - workers' compensation; R.C. 4123.512(F); increase in statutory award of attorney fees; 2017 amendment applies prospectively to any claim arising on or after date of the amendment.TrappTrumbull 3/20/2023 3/20/2023 2023-Ohio-886
State v. Gordon 2022-P-0024CRIMINAL LAW - resentencing; consecutive sentences; statutory findings; R.C. 292914(C)(4); made during sentencing hearing; court failed to incorporate into judgment entry; nunc pro tunc; affirm.LucciPortage 3/20/2023 3/20/2023 2023-Ohio-887