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7th District: Psychotropic medications did not affect guilty plea

Psychotropic medications did not affect a defendant’s ability to enter an intelligent, knowing and voluntary guilty plea in a case about a violent break-in, the 7th District Court of Appeals recently ruled.
Boyd Johnson was convicted in June 2018 in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court of two counts of aggravated burglary ... (full story)


Roderick Linton Belfance adds more legal power

Adding more attorney power is always helpful when providing quality service to clients, but if the lawyer hired is seasoned and brings along an experienced team, it’s even more beneficial for the firm.
That’s exactly what occurred when public law attorney Alfred E. Schrader joined Roderick Linton Belfa ... (full story)


Black victims underrepresented in named violent crime laws

Black victims underrepresented in named violent crime laws

CLEVELAND (AP) — The slayings of Reagan Tokes and Alianna DeFreeze had much in common.
Both were abducted, raped and killed in Ohio in 2017. Tokes was a 21-year-old college student, DeFreeze a 14-year-old seventh grader. Both their killers, previously convicted sex offenders, were subsequently found guilty.
Yet only on ... (full story)