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Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor presides over a session of the Ohio Supreme Court on December 8, 2021.

Ohio Supreme Court deliberating over resubmitted, rejected maps


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court is deliberating over maps that have already been reviewed and rejected by justices two months ago. On Thursday, the Ohio Redistricting Commission voted to re-adopt maps they passed at the end of February. With that decision, the commission failed a court order to adopt new… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court justices, chief justice races set for November election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The lineups are set for three races for the Ohio Supreme Court this fall. The six candidates for the three seats ran unopposed, but the court has proven to be a key player in the critical issue of redistricting. Republican Justice Pat DeWine will face Democratic First District Court… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court bail ruling sparks debate over public safety and penalizing the poor

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Prosecutors routinely cite concerns about public safety when asking a judge to set a high bail for a criminal defendant. The Ohio Supreme Court said they can’t do this anymore. The court’s decision, which came in January, was applauded by criminal defense attorneys and others who say it eliminates a practice… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court rejects fourth set of state legislative district maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court is ordering the Ohio Redistricting Commission to meet and adopt a new set of state legislative district maps after ruling the fourth attempt to be unconstitutional. The district maps for the Ohio House and Ohio Senate were passed on March 28 after Republican commissioners made tweaks… Read More

Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps, drawn by Republicans, approved by the Ohio Redistricting Commission by a vote of 4-3 on February 24, 2022.

Ohio Supreme Court rules the latest GOP-drawn state legislative district maps unconstitutional

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the latest four-year maps adopted by the Ohio Redistricting Commission do not comply with the state constitution’s anti-gerrymandering requirements, along with the guidance offered by the court in previous orders. The now-invalidated House map creates 54 Republican-favored seats and 45 Democratic-favored seats…. Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court orders elected officials on redistricting commission to hearing on contempt

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The five Republicans and two Democrats on the Ohio Redistricting Commission have been ordered to appear before the Ohio Supreme Court for a hearing March 1. The Ohio Redistricting Commission is ordered to appear before the Ohio Supreme Court for a hearing March 1 over their filings showing why… Read More

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Ohio Redistricting Commission members tell state Supreme Court why they shouldn’t be held in contempt

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court ordered the Commission to explain why they should not be held in contempt of court for not approving new House and Senate maps last Thursday. Speaker Bob Cupp and Senate President Matt Huffman responded about 20 minutes before the 12 noon deadline. .@SpeakerCupp and Senate… Read More

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The Ohio Supreme Court wants Redistricting Commission to explain why it shouldn’t be held in contempt

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court has given the members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission till Wednesday at noon to show why they shouldn’t be held in contempt for ignoring a deadline set by the Court. The commission failed to pass new House and Senate maps last Thursday. The commission’s two Democrats… Read More

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Ohio officials disregarded a supreme court order. A former justice says it’s happened before

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Former Ohio Supreme Court justice Paul Pfeifer said the court has the ability to hold the Ohio Redistricting Commission in contempt of court for not following its order to adopt new state legislative district maps. The commission adjourned Thursday afternoon with hours to go before a court-ordered deadline to… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court once again rules new legislative district maps are unconstitutional

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission must reconvene and draw new district lines for the Ohio House and Ohio Senate that follow the state’s anti-gerrymandering requirements. Opponents of those new plans said the Ohio Redistricting Commission still failed to meet the state’s constitutional requirement for maps to reflect the partisan voter… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court rules proposed Congressional redistricting map invalid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the proposed Congressional redistrict map invalid. The Congressional map did not reflect the will of voters who wanted to end partisan gerrymandering by unduly favored Republicans, according to the ruling. Ohio League of Women Voters President Jen Miller said it’s a victory for… Read More

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The Ohio Supreme Court strikes down state legislative maps

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Updated January 12, 2022 at 4:40 p.m. COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the GOP-drawn state House and Senate maps are unconstitutionally gerrymandered in a 4-3 decision Wednesday, sending the Ohio Redistricting Commission back to the drawing board. The Ohio Redistricting Commission must take another crack at complying with provisions… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Orders Non-Cash Bail As First Option For Courts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A big change coming to Ohio’s court system starting July 1, as the state takes a step closer to getting rid of cash bail for people being held in jail. New rules issued by the Ohio Supreme Court say Ohio’s 28 counties with both multiple municipal courts and county courts… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Candidates Square Off On Issues, Ethics

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Way down at the bottom of the Ohio ballot are two important races – two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court. These are non-partisan races on the ballot, but there are differences between the Republican incumbents and their Democratic challengers. One race pits Republican Justice Sharon Kennedy, a Butler County… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court To Hear Armed School Staff Training Case

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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a school district’s appeal of a ruling that they must provide police-level training to employees carrying concealed weapons. Madison Local Schools voted to allow armed school employees after a 2016 shooting in which two students were shot and wounded by a 14-year-old boy. A group… Read More

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor delivered the annual State of the Judiciary speech in September 2019.

Chief Justice Speaks Out On Masks, Rights And “Duty To Fellow Ohioans”

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohioans in a total of 12 counties will be required to wear masks starting Friday at 6pm. But there continue to be questions about the enforcement and legality of that and other public health orders, as lawmakers push back on some of the state’s COVID-19 responses. Shutdown orders and… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Upholds State School Takeover Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court has let stand the law that allows the state to take over failing school districts, starting with the Youngstown City Schools in 2015. By a 5-2 vote, the court disagreed with the Youngstown City Schools, which said the addition of a 67-page amendment on the… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Reinstates Democratic 94th House District Candidate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Ohio Supreme Court has determined a democratic candidate running in the 94th House District is eligible despite the Athens County Board of Elections disqualifying her over questions of residency. Votes cast for Katie O’Neill, a Nelsonville resident who is running unopposed, will be valid in the Democratic Primary that was extended… Read More

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Court Refuses to Overrule Ruling that Stops Ohio from Closing Abortion Clinics

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A panel of three federal court judges won’t get involved in a dispute over abortion and the state’s coronavirus order regarding elective surgery – which keeps facilities that perform abortions open for now. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed the state’s request to appeal a federal judge’s ruling preventing it from closing the six Ohio clinics that perform surgical abortions – two of… Read More

Wes Davidson votes inside the old schoolhouse in Harrison Township on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

Backers Appeal 4-way Split of Voting Proposal to High Court

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backers of an effort aimed at updating Ohio’s voting laws appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court, alleging the state ballot board misinterpreted the state’s single subject rule when it severed their proposal into four separate ballot issues. The campaign manager for Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections said Thursday the group… Read More

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Justices to Decide if Ohio Law Banning Using Guns While Drunk is Constitutional

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The Ohio Supreme Court will decide if a state law that says gun owners can’t use their weapons while drunk is constitutional. “Intoxication in and of itself is not a crime,” said Steve Palmer, who represented Frederick Weber before the Ohio Supreme Court. In 2018, Weber’s wife called the Clermont County Sheriff to report that he… Read More

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In Assault Cases, Parents Must Show Discipline is Reasonable

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court says it’s up to parents or caregivers charged with injuring a child to prove their actions were a form of reasonable discipline. At issue was the 2017 domestic violence and assault conviction of a man for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s son for acting out in school. The… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy Seeks Re-election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy says she will seek re-election next year. In a statement shared by the Ohio Republican Party, the 57-year-old Kennedy noted she has worked in the justice system for over three decades, including as a police officer and magistrate in Butler County. She was elected to the state’s… Read More

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Future of Nuclear Bailout Law Could Depend on Ohio Supreme Court

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The window has closed for parties to file in the Ohio Supreme Court case over whether the new energy law, HB6, can be subject to a citizen referendum. The energy law bails out nuclear and subsidizes coal plants through rate increases. Attorneys for FirstEnergy Solutions argue that those rate increases should be considered tax increases. State… Read More