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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)

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)

Why the US military usually punishes misconduct but police often close ranks

(THE CONVERSATION) Many U.S. military members publicly disavowed President Trump's decision to pardon Edward Gallagher, the former SEAL commando convicted of killing a teenage detainee in Iraq in 2017.
Gallagher's alleged war crimes were nearly universally condemned up the chain of command, from enlisted men to Navy Secretary Ri ... (full story)

Local bailiff/court administrator obtains special certification

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When Summit County bailiff Brian Scheetz moved over to the Medina County Court of Common Pleas in May 2017 to serve as civil court administrator to Judge Joyce Kimbler, he immersed himself in learning the ins and outs of his new position.
But his training didn’t end at the end of the day. That’s because shortly after ... (full story)

Courts have avoided refereeing between Congress and the president, but Trump may force them to wade in

(THE CONVERSATION) President Donald Trump's refusal to hand over records to Congress and allow executive branch employees to provide information and testimony to Congress during the impeachment battle is the strongest test yet of legal principles that over the past 200 years have not yet been fully defined by U.S. courts.
It's n ... (full story)