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O'Conner v. Stires CA2017-04-008Juvenile court erred by applying the best interest standard to the facts of the case and failing to engage in a parental unsuitability analysis regarding the father before awarding legal custody of the child to the child's grandmother, a nonparent.M. PowellFayette 12/11/2017 12/11/2017 2017-Ohio-8929
State v. Harding CA2016-11-029Appellant's convictions were proper where the jury heard evidence that troopers seized 123 pounds of marijuana from the vehicle appellant was driving. PiperMadison 12/11/2017 12/11/2017 2017-Ohio-8930
State ex rel. Lee v. Plain City CA2017-01-002Homeowners settled lawsuit against homebuilder and third-party defendant, the village in which they resided. The parties entered into a mutual release of clams. The homeowners later sued the village, raising similar issues. Trial court properly granted the village summary judgment because the homeowners released their claims against the village.PiperMadison 12/11/2017 12/11/2017 2017-Ohio-8931
State v. Nolen CA2017-01-002Trial court did not err by imposing a prison term where the sentence imposed was not contrary to law and was fully supported by the record.RinglandButler 12/4/2017 12/4/2017 2017-Ohio-8791
In re S.A. CA2017-07-092, CA2017-07-093, CA2017-07-094, CA2017-07-095, CA2017-07-096, CA2017-07-097, CA2017-07-098The juvenile court's decision granting permanent custody of Mother's children to the children services agency was supported by clear and convincing evidence and not against the manifest weight of the evidence.RinglandButler 12/4/2017 12/4/2017 2017-Ohio-8792
State v. Hensgen CA2017-01-008The trial court did not err by denying appellant's motion to suppress where officers responded to the scene on reports of an unresponsive male, later determined to be appellant, and discovered in plain view a syringe and an active methamphetamine lab nearby to appellant's body. In addition, the trial court's decision sentencing appellant to an aggregate five-year prison term after he was found guilty of various felony drug offenses was not excessive and supported by the record where appellant had committed the crimes while on community control and had a lengthy criminal history that included numerous misdemeanor and felony offenses. Finally, appellant did not receive ineffective assistance of counsel because the defense implemented at trial was a product of sound trial strategy and there is no requirement that appellant's trial counsel develop and share a meaningful relation with appellant so as to afford him effective, competent representation.S. PowellClermont 12/4/2017 12/4/2017 2017-Ohio-8793
Smith v. Camp CA2017-02-003The public children services agency, as a branch of a political subdivision, does not have a cognizable due process claim against the juvenile court. The juvenile court was not required to make findings regarding reasonable efforts under R.C. 2151.419 before granting temporary custody to the agency.M. PowellFayette 12/4/2017 12/4/2017 2017-Ohio-8794
State v. Writesel CA2017-02-004By pleading guilty to the offenses, defendant waived his right to appeal the denial of his continuance request. The trial court did not err in imposing consecutive findings where the trial court complied with R.C. 2929.14(C)(4) and made the requisite findings during the sentencing hearing and in its sentencing entry.M. PowellMadison 12/4/2017 12/4/2017 2017-Ohio-8795
State v. Heard CA2016-11-095Appellant's right to confront witnesses against him was violated when the trial court admitted hearsay statements from the victim through the testimony of the officer who questioned the victim on the night of the incident. The statements were testimonial in nature because the officer did not ask the victim questions to deal with an ongoing emergency, but rather, to establish what had happened in the past to use in a future prosecution.PiperWarren 12/4/2017 12/4/2017 2017-Ohio-8796
State v. B.J.T. CA2016-12-106Appellant's sexual battery and gross sexual imposition convictions were supported by sufficient evidence and were not against the manifest weight of the evidence where the state demonstrated that appellant engaged in sexual conduct and sexual contact with his adoptive daughter by touching the victim's butt, chest, and digitally penetrated her vagina. The sentencing judge committed reversible error in relying on another judge's personal notes and impressions to familiarize himself with the case, rather than reviewing an official record of the proceedings, before imposing appellant's sentence.HendricksonWarren 12/4/2017 12/4/2017 2017-Ohio-8797