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New Youngstown muni court judge discusses plans

As a single mother who once relied on public assistance Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Renee DiSalvo knows firsthand what it’s like to struggle and now she is working to create new programs and specialty dockets at the court to help others realize their full potential.
“There are a lot of people in our community who ... (full story)

Community Legal Aid welcomes new board members, president

AKRON––Community Legal Aid Services, a nonprofit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income residents in northeast and central Ohio, named Joseph Ferrise, Athena Gough, and Erin Palmer to its Board of Trustees recently.
The board also named Dionne Dowdy as its incoming president, beginning January 2019.
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Portage County court erroneously suppressed evidence in theft case

A Portage County trial court erred by suppressing evidence that was legally seized under the plain view exception to the Fourth Amendment during a search in a theft case.
That is according to the 11th District Court of Appeals, which recently reversed and remanded the case against appellee Brett M. McClafferty in favor of the sta ... (full story)

Scope of ERISA and occupation-specific disability

This is the first of a two-part column. The second part will be published on Thursday.
A new ruling from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals raises a number of interesting issues regarding the limits of coverage under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act as well as how occupation-specific disability is analyzed.
In Pa ... (full story)

Bicycle escape leads to illegal pat-down search

A Lake County trial court erred by denying a motion to suppress against unreasonable search and seizure in a drug case after the appellant attempted escape on a bicycle, the 11th District Court of Appeals ruled recently.
The case stems from a July 1, 2017, incident in which Eastlake police responded to a report of indecent exposu ... (full story)