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State v. Courson 2023-A-0010CRIMINAL - Cruelty to animals; R.C. 959.13(A)(1); manifest weight of the evidence; sufficiency of the evidence.EklundAshtabula 11/27/2023 11/27/2023 2023-Ohio-4264
In re N.C. 2023-G-0025, 2023-G-0026JUVENILE - Permanent custody; R.C. 2151.414(B); best interests of the children; a determination that it is in the best interest of the children to grant permanent custody to the children's services agency must be supported by clear and convincing evidence; R.C. 2152.414(D)(1).EklundGeauga 11/27/2023 11/27/2023 2023-Ohio-4265
State ex rel. Ames v. Portage Cty. Bd. of Commrs. 2019-P-0125EXTRAORDINARY WRITS - mandamus; remand from Supreme Court of Ohio; summary judgment; Public Records Act; R.C. 149.43; statutory damages; reduction or elimination factors; clerical error.Per CuriamPortage 11/27/2023 11/27/2023 2023-Ohio-4266
State v. Fedyszyn 2023-P-0035CRIMINAL LAW - Anders v. California; guilty plea; plea colloquy; Crim.R. 11(C)(2); knowing, intelligent, and voluntary.TrappPortage 11/27/2023 11/27/2023 2023-Ohio-4267
State v. Santos 2023-P-0073APPELLATE REVIEW - Untimely appeal; App.R. 4(A)(1); App.R. 5(A); almost 7-year delay in initiating appeal; appellant not diligent.TrappPortage 11/27/2023 11/27/2023 2023-Ohio-4268
State ex rel. Tenney v. Rice 2023-T-0053WRIT - mandamus; motion to dismiss; R.C. 149.43(B)(8), approval of sentencing judge; R.C. 2969.25, affidavit.Per CuriamTrumbull 11/27/2023 11/27/2023 2023-Ohio-4269
Underwood v. Cuyahoga Community College 2023-G-0012CIVIL - breach of contract, unpaid compensation, Greeley claim; summary judgment, reciprocal burden, failed to raise genuine issue of material fact; employee-at-will, definite term, could not terminate for "any reason at any time."TrappGeauga 11/20/2023 11/20/2023 2023-Ohio-4180
State v. White 2022-A-0089CRIMINAL - Manifest weight of the evidence; sufficiency of the evidence; R.C. 2903.04; R.C. 2925.02(A)(3); evidence was insufficient to establish conviction for Involuntary Manslaughter with predicate offense of Furnishing Another with Drugs where defendant had no knowledge drugs sold to an individual would later be given to a third-party who used the drugs and died; R,C, 2953.08(G); R.C. 2929.14; consecutive sentences; R.C. 2929.11; R.C. 2929.12.EklundAshtabula 11/13/2023 11/13/2023 2023-Ohio-4092
State v. Johnson 2023-L-006, 2023-L-007CRIMINAL - Trafficking in drugs; R.C. 2925.03; Evid.R. 608(B); Evid.R. 404(A)(3); Evid.R. 609; no error in exclusion of cross-examination questions whether witness' prior general drug use affected memory; Manifest weight and sufficiency of the evidence; prior acts evidence was admissible where defense counsel opened the door to line of questioning and evidence was relevant; where a defendant is ordered to serve a consecutive sentence, Ohio Adm. Code 5120-2-04(G) provides that jail-time credit is applied only once, to the total term for offenders serving consecutive terms.EklundLake 11/13/2023 11/13/2023 2023-Ohio-4093
State ex rel. Cunningham v. Pittman 2023-P-0060EXTRAORDINARY WRIT - original actions; writ of prohibition; sua sponte dismissal appropriate where relator obviously cannot prevail on the facts alleged; no indication trial court has exercised or is about to exercise judicial power.EklundPortage 11/13/2023 11/13/2023 2023-Ohio-4094
Holman v. Wiser 2022-A-0117CIVIL - bench trial; sale of real property; conversion of personal property; right of possession; merger by deed; plain error; abandonment; presumption of regularity of proceedings; measure of damages; property valuation; sufficiency; general presumption of special knowledge; manifest weight; credibility.TrappAshtabula 11/13/2023 11/13/2023 2023-Ohio-4095
Chad M. Leonard Holdings, Inc. v. Rohaley 2022-L-118, 2022-L-119, 2022-L-120, 2022-L-121CIVIL LAW- breach of contract; unjust enrichment; transfer of assets; misappropriation; conversion; ultra vires; breach of fiduciary duty; indemnification; contribution; fraudulent transfer; manifest weight; R.C. 1336.04; tortious interference; summary judgment; legal malpractice; withdraw of corporate counsel; mootness; preliminary injunction; Civ.R. 65; contempt; standing; de novo.PattonLake 11/13/2023 11/13/2023 2023-Ohio-4096
Greenwood v. A. Caserta Constr., L.L.C. 2023-G-0039APPELLATE REVIEW - App.R. 4(A); thirty-day rule; untimely appeal; motion for delayed appeals inapplicable to civil appeals.LucciGeauga 11/13/2023 11/13/2023 2023-Ohio-4097
State v. Little 2023-P-0011, 2023-P-0012CRIMINAL LAW - aggravated trafficking; aggravated possession; motion to suppress; traffic stop; reasonable articulable suspicion of drug activity; probable cause of traffic violations; detention; canine sniff; sufficiency of the evidence; credibility; constructive possession; circumstantial evidence; prejudicial joinder; Crim.R. 14; plain error; joinder test; simply and direct evidence.TrappPortage 11/13/2023 11/13/2023 2023-Ohio-4098
Fonce v. Kabinier 2022-T-0111CIVIL - injunctive relief; zoning violation; summary judgment; real party in interest; substitution of parties; creditor of estate; present possessor of property; shipping container; nonconforming use; burden of proof on party seeking to prove nonconforming use; notice of zoning violation; due processLynchTrumbull 11/6/2023 11/6/2023 2023-Ohio-4027
State v. Liddy 2023-A-0029CRIMINAL LAW - attempted failure to comply; resentencing after remand; maximum and consecutive sentence; most deserving offenders; disruptive courtroom behavior; actual vindictiveness.TrappAshtabula 11/6/2023 11/6/2023 2023-Ohio-4028
In re D.L. 2022-L-107 & 2022-L-108JUVENILE - delinquency; R.C. 2152.02(E); restitution; R.C. 2151.271; Juv.R. 11; transfer of venue; discretionary transfer; transfer for disposition precluded where dispositional order already entered.LucciLake 11/6/2023 11/6/2023 2023-Ohio-4029
Conneaut v. Simmons 2023-A-0023 & 2023-A-0024CRIMINAL LAW- Anders; community control sanctions; least restrictive alternative; misdemeanor sentencing.PattonAshtabula 11/6/2023 11/6/2023 2023-Ohio-4030
State v. Yeager 2023-L-038CRIMINAL LAW - appeals pending; motion for evidentiary hearing; Crim.R. 33; challenges matters trial court lacked jurisdiction to address; res judicata; appeals no longer pending; trial court has jurisdiction to address merits.LucciLake 11/6/2023 11/6/2023 2023-Ohio-4031
State v. Allen 2023-P-0008 & 2023-P-0009CRIMINAL LAW - forfeiture specification; conditional release of seized property; R.C. 2981.03(D); possessory interest in the property; sufficient ties to the community; substantial hardship; demonstrate in the petition.LucciPortage 11/6/2023 11/6/2023 2023-Ohio-4032
Beavers v. Lors 2022-L-122CIVIL - indirect, civil contempt; adjoining land owners; boundary line; Civ.R. 60(B); limited remand; Civ.R. 4-4.6, Civ.R. 5; service; notice of hearing; R.C. 2705.02(A); R.C. 2705.03; R.C. 2705.05(A); court has inherent and statutory authority to enforce its orders through contempt proceedings; plain error.LucciLake 10/30/2023 10/30/2023 2023-Ohio-3940
Thomas v. Thomas 2023-T-0015DOMESTIC RELATIONS - motion to terminate shared parenting plan; R.C. 3109.04; adoption of magistrate's decision; abuse of discretion; children's best interest; ability to cooperate and make decisions jointly; findings supported by competent, credible evidence in the record.TrappTrumbull 10/30/2023 10/30/2023 2023-Ohio-3941
State v. Stacy 202-P-0068CRIMINAL - Violating a Protection Order; R.C. 2919.27(A)(1); sufficiency of the evidence; manifest weight of the evidence; felony sentencing; direct contemptLynchPortage 10/30/2023 10/30/2023 2023-Ohio-3942
State v. Riddle 2023-A-0006CRIMINAL - Change in movement level of committed persons; R.C. 2945.401; State bears the burden to show by clear and convincing evidence that movement level change presented a threat to public safety or any person.EklundAshtabula 10/30/2023 10/30/2023 2023-Ohio-3943
State ex rel. Ware v. Fankhauser 2023-P-0030EXTRAORDINARY WRIT - petition for writ of mandamus; motion for summary judgment; public record request; respondent did not receive; time-stamped; separate case; compliance four days after filing and notice; rational trier of fact; evidence altered; artificating; no genuine issue; statutory damages; insufficient evidence of compliance with statutory delivery means; evenly balanced; failed to establish by clear and convincing evidence; no entitlement to statutory damages.Per Cur OpinionPortage 10/30/2023 10/30/2023 2023-Ohio-3939
State v. Casey 2023-T-0035POSTCONVICTION RELIEF - discharging a firearm into an occupied structure; hung jury on felonious assault count; post traumatic stress disorder; ineffective assistance of counsel; dehors the record; must be genuinely relevant; no independent diagnosis; tactical; habitation; might be present; law unsettled at time of conviction; no ineffectiveness.LucciTrumbull 10/23/2023 10/23/2023 2023-Ohio-3837
State v. Shead 2023-P-0002CRIMINAL LAW - agreed sentence; constitutionality; plain error; indefinite sentences; Reagan Tokes; facial challenges; as-applied challenges not ripe.LucciPortage 10/23/2023 10/23/2023 2023-Ohio-3838
White v. Salem 2023-L-065CIVIL LAW - summary judgment; Civ. R. 56; de novo; professional malpractice; breach of fiduciary duty; lack of hearing; opportunity to be heard; affirmedPattonLake 10/23/2023 10/23/2023 2023-Ohio-3839
Kline v. Newton Falls 2023-T-0052original action; writ of prohibition; dismissed; mayor; resignation; removal; mootPer CuriumTrumbull 10/23/2023 10/23/2023 2023-Ohio-3841
State v. Stone 2023-P-0018, 2023-P-0019CRIMINAL - Disorderly Conduct through Intoxication; R.C. 2917.11(B)(2); Disorderly Conduct; R.C. 2917.11(A); manifest weight of the evidence; sufficiency of the evidence; an offender must engage in some affirmative behavior, as intoxication alone is not enough under R.C. 2917.11(B)(2).EklundPortage 10/23/2023 10/23/2023 2023-Ohio-3842
State v. Nickoson 2023-A-0028CRIMINAL - Rape; R.C. 2907.02; guilty plea; ineffective assistance of counsel; voluntariness of plea; competency to enter plea; no evidence in record to support conclusion appellant was not competent to enter a plea.EklundAshtabula 10/16/2023 10/16/2023 2023-Ohio-3755
State v. McElroy 2023-L-042CRIMINAL - R.C. 2953.08(G)(2); R.C. 2929.11; R.C. 2929.12; stare decisis; an appellate court is without authority to independently weigh mitigating factors under R.C. 2929.12.EklundLake 10/16/2023 10/16/2023 2023-Ohio-3756
State v. Roosa 2023-P-0003CRIMINAL - R.C. 2953.08(G)(2); R.C. 2929.11; R.C. 2929.12; stare decisis; an appellate court is without authority to independently weigh mitigating factors under R.C. 2929.12.EklundPortage 10/16/2023 10/16/2023 2023-Ohio-3757
State v. Sims 2023-T-0028CRIMINAL - Consecutive sentences; R.C. 2929.14(C)(4); R.C. 2929.11; R.C. 2929.12; appellate courts are not permitted to independently weigh the evidence in the record and substitute its judgment for that of the trial court concerning the sentence that best reflects compliance with R.C. 2929.11 and 2929.12.EklundTrumbull 10/16/2023 10/16/2023 2023-Ohio-3758
State v. Knowlton 2023-A-0013CRIMINAL - Felonious Assault; manifest weight of the evidence; self-defense; fault for creating situation giving rise to the affray; bona fide belief in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm; agreed to fight; degree of force; credibility; trier of factLynchAshtabula 10/16/2023 10/16/2023 2023-Ohio-3759
Gibson v. Williams 2023-A-0026CIVIL - dismissal without prejudice; failure to obtain service; Civ.R 4(E); failure to prosecute; Civ.R. 41(B)(1); abuse of discretionLynchAshtabula 10/16/2023 10/16/2023 2023-Ohio-3760
State v. Amin 2023-G-0009CRIMINAL - guilty plea; Crim.R. 11(C); maximum penalty involved; burden to show prejudiceLynchGeauga 10/16/2023 10/16/2023 2023-Ohio-3761
State v. Murray 2023-P-0016CRIMINAL LAW - ineffective assistance of counsel, if counsel had filed an affidavit of indigency, there is a reasonable probability trial court would not have imposed fine, evidence of indigency in record; appellant failed to demonstrate trial court did not comply with Crim.R. 11, no requirement for trial court to advise the right to remain silent "cannot be used against you," trial court explained right not to testify at trial, appellant affirmatively understood rights she was waiving.TrappPortage 10/16/2023 10/16/2023 2023-Ohio-3762
In re K.S.W. 2023-P-0046 & 2023-P-0047CHILD CUSTODY - termination of parental rights; trial court properly denied motion to continue, mother failed to appear at hearings, failed to comply with case plan, two alternative methods were made available to participate at hearing, failed to argue how outcome would have been different with her present.TrappPortage 10/16/2023 10/16/2023 2023-Ohio-3763
Superior Mobile Homes, Inc. v. Massasauga Rattlesnake Ranch, Inc. 2023-T-0004CIVIL - breach of fiduciary duty; cognovit promissory note; corporate resolutions; summary judgment; damages; conditional assignment of error.TrappTrumbull 10/16/2023 10/16/2023 2023-Ohio-3764
In re L.D.R.S. 2023-T-0026JUVENILE - grandparents; companionship rights; R.C. 3109.12(A); effect of decree of adoption; R.C. 3107.15(A)(1)(a)LynchTrumbull 10/16/2023 10/16/2023 2023-Ohio-3765
Aurora Hill, Ltd. v. Bremner 2023-P-0005CIVIL - recovery of funds; limited partnership; summary judgment; general partner; violation of partnership agreement; complaint; failed to set forth a cause of action; sought equitable relief; not seeking damages for unjust enrichment; no mistake of fact; no unjust enrichment where express contract covers the subject matter.PattonPortage 10/16/2023 10/16/2023 2023-Ohio-3766
Slodov v. Eagle Ridge Subdivision Property Owner's Assn., Inc. 2023-G-0013CIVIL - Summary Judgment; Civ.R. 56; mootness; R.C. 5312.13; homeowner association board election; issue became moot when successive election rendered claim of impropriety in homeowner association board election moot; denial of default judgment; abuse of discretion; Civ.R. 12; Civ.R. 6; Civ.R. 60(B); allegation of judicial misconduct does not fall within jurisdiction of the court of appeals; mediation is a voluntary process; court does not abuse its discretion in not mandating mediation; trial court retains jurisdiction to address collateral motions during pendency of appeal.EklundGeauga 10/10/2023 10/10/2023 2023-Ohio-3688
Ames v. Geauga Cty. Republican Cent. Commt. 2022-G-0038CIVIL - motion to dismiss; Civ.R. 12(B)(6); Open Meetings Act; R.C. 121.22; major political party; county central committee; organizational meeting; R.C. 3517.04; public body; sovereign functions of government; internal affairs.TrappGeauga 10/10/2023 10/10/2023 2023-Ohio-3689
State v. Love 2022-P-0069CRIMINAL LAW - speedy trial; ineffective assistance of counsel; extrinsic evidence of prior inconsistent statement; felonious assault; assaulting or harassing a police dog; supplemental indictment; must presume regularity of the proceedings below.PattonPortage 10/10/2023 10/10/2023 2023-Ohio-3690
Kennedy v. Kennedy 2023-G-0024APPELLATE REVIEW - App.R. 3(D) and App.R. 4(A); no entry attached to notice of appeal; no judgments on docket that appear final under R.C. 2505.02.EklundGeauga 10/10/2023 10/10/2023 2023-Ohio-3691
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 10/10/2023 10/10/2023 2023-Ohio-3694
Lewis v. Lewis 2023-T-0005CIVIL - divorce; domestic relations; separation agreement; shared parenting agreement; adoption of proposed judgment entry; trial court did not abuse its discretion by adopting agreement.PattonTrumbull 10/4/2023 10/10/2023 2023-Ohio-3693
State v. James 2022-T-0107CRIMINAL - Murder; Attempted Murder; motion to suppress; photographic lineup; unduly suggestive; substantial likelihood of misidentification; blind administrator; totality of the circumstances; strong showing of reliability; right to privacy in cell phone; probable cause in search warrant affidavit; citizen informant presumed reliable; ineffective assistance of counsel; flight of the accused; consciousness of guilt; weight of the evidence; sufficiency of the evidenceLynchTrumbull 9/29/2023 9/29/2023 2023-Ohio-3524
State v. Passalacqua 2023-L-013 & 2023-L-014CONSECUTIVE SENTENCES - the trial court's sentence is supported by the record and not contrary to law; evidence at the sentencing hearing revoking community control reveals the appellant repeatedly violated the terms of his community control in both cases; remanded for the limited purpose of issuing a nunc pro tunc sentencing entry that includes the court's consecutive sentence findings from the hearing.TrappLake 9/29/2023 9/29/2023 2023-Ohio-3525