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In re D.H. 2017-A-0081JUVENILE - TERMINATION PARENTAL RIGHTS - undisputed evidence establishes that children were in the custody of the agency for 12 of the 22 months before the motion for permanent custody was filed; appellate court need not address alternative grounds for the trial court's decision; grant of custody to the agency was in the best interest of the children; R.C. 2151.414(D).WrightAshtabula 2/20/2018 2/20/2018 2018-Ohio-630
State v. Bradley 2017-T-0011CRIMINAL - death of appellant during direct appeal; State v. McGettrick, 31 Ohio St.3d 138; neither party moved to substitute a representative; appeal is dismissed as moot and original judgment of conviction, original indictment, and related proceedings are vacated.WrightTrumbull 2/20/2018 2/20/2018 2018-Ohio-631
State v. Ross 2016-P-0060RAPE & OTHER SEX CRIMES - law requires no further activity to constitute cunnilingus beyond placing one's mouth on the female's vagina; rape victim's testimony, if believed, is sufficient to convict appellant of rape. CRIMINAL LAW - EVIDENCE - expert's opinion testimony on whether there was sexual abuse would aid jurors in making their decision and is thus admissible per Evid.R. 702 and 704; expert may not testify as to expert's opinion of veracity of statements of child declarant who claims she has been raped; expert's testimony that behavior of alleged child victim of sexual abuse is consistent with behavior observed in sexually abused children is admissible.RicePortage 2/5/2018 2/5/2018 2018-Ohio-452
State v. Bernard 2017-A-0063CRIMINAL LAW - aggravated robbery; aggravated burglary; felonious assault; kidnapping; jury trial; judgments reversed and convictions vacated; appellant was denied a fair trial because of the admission of prejudicial other acts evidence pursuant to Evid.R. 404(B); the evidence presented is not sufficient to support appellant's convictions as a matter of law; the jury verdict was against the manifest weight of the evidence.O'TooleAshtabula 1/29/2018 1/29/2018 2018-Ohio-351
In re H.J. 2017-A-0068JUVENILE - termination of parental rights; presumption of abandonment; R.C. 2151.011(C); weight of the evidenceGrendellAshtabula 1/22/2018 1/22/2018 2018-Ohio-206
State v. Hudson 2014-T-0097CRIMINAL LAW - sufficient evidence to support enhanced possession of cocaine conviction; possession of cocaine conviction established via sufficient evidence; circumstantial evidence of constructive possession of cocaine; personal items in locked bedroom.WrightTrumbull 1/16/2018 1/16/2018 2018-Ohio-133
State v. Skeins 2017-T-0018CRIMINAL LAW - rape and gross sexual imposition offenses supported by sufficient evidence and are not against the manifest weight of the evidence; conflicting testimony for trier of fact to resolve; sentence of 25 years to life required via R.C. 2971.03(B)(1) based on penalty enhancement since jury found victim was compelled to submit by force or threat of force. WrightTrumbull 1/16/2018 1/16/2018 2018-Ohio-134
State ex rel. Hudson v. Sloan 2017-T-0030EXTRAORDINARY WRITS - alternative writs seeking release from prison; prior decision reversing and vacating penalty enhancement based on Supreme Court's decision that was subsequently reconsidered; State v. Gonzales, 150 Ohio St.3d 276, 2017-Ohio-777, 81 N.E.3d 419; summary judgment appropriate in warden's favor because Hudson is not entitled to release as a matter of law. WrightTrumbull 1/16/2018 1/16/2018 2018-Ohio-135
Bank of Am., N.A. v. Brannon 2017-T-0105APPELLATE REVIEW - R.C. 2505.02(B); appeal from an entry granting leave to file a motion for summary judgment is not a final appealable order.O'TooleTrumbull 1/16/2018 1/16/2018 2018-Ohio-136