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Former Barberton muni judge is finding her stride in Summit County

She started Barberton Municipal Court’s first Drug Court, was the first person in her immediate and extended family to go to college and has been a tireless advocate for children’s rights.
Now, Jill Flagg Lanzinger is destined for even more great things as Summit County Common Pleas Court judge, said Barberton Municip ... (full story)

Column: Thinking about rhetoric and violence

We should be disturbed by efforts to delegitimize the investigation of President Donald Trump and his administration. Last week, President Trump and allies took to social and conservative media to decry the investigation as a witch hunt being perpetrated by a legal team larded with Democrats.
This discussion, which should be fair ... (full story)


Proposed law would create registry of violent offenders in Ohio

Ohio sex offenders soon may not be the only criminals in the Buckeye State to appear on a registry for the safety and security of citizens.
A legislative push to establish a violent offender registry - the primary component of Senate Bill 67, titled Sierah's Law - to counter the majority of the violent crimes committed in the sta ... (full story)

Attorney convicted of child pornography charges suspended

A Kent attorney who pleaded guilty to 20 fourth-degree felony counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor was suspended indefinitely by the Ohio Supreme Court recently.
Andrew O. Martyniuk admitted in 2014 that he knowingly solicited, received, purchased, exchanged, possessed, and controlled child pornography ... (full story)

State Treasurer's travels in 2016 infused with politics

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel submitted a financial disclosure statement that reveals that every work trip he took last year was at least in some part related to politics, including his campaign bid for U.S. Senate.
The filing reviewed by The Associated Press includes 23 pages of itemized travel for 2016 ... (full story)

Housekeeper didn’t need prosecutor’s approval to receive drug treatment

A woman accused of stealing drugs from a Newark home she cleaned can undergo treatment even without the prosecutor's approval, an Ohio appeals court ruled last week.
The Licking County prosecutor argued that an earlier sealed conviction makes an offender ineligible for treatment rather than conviction unless the state approves th ... (full story)


ABA writes new detailed electronic ethics opinion

The American Bar Association on May 11 released a highly detailed ethics opinion on the confidentiality and security of electronic client communications.
Opinion 477 updates the prior ABA opinion on electronic security, which dated from 1999 (yes, you read that right). Opinion 477 is basically an expanded discussion of the impli ... (full story)