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ACLU reaches settlement with Ohio over early voting
April 17, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced a settlement agreement Friday over early voting in Ohio. The now settled lawsuit was filed last year by the ACLU challenging the decreased availability of early voting opportunities in the state as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 238. The b....... [more]

Rights Violations by ISIL: The Problem is Enforcement
March 28, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of Septemb....... [more]

Ohio House again approves fetal heartbeat abortion ban
March 26, 2015
The Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would make illegal any abortion performed once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, HB 69, passed the House with a 55-40 vote, but is opposed by Governor John Kasich on constitutional grounds. Any doctor found to have perfo....... [more]

Pennsylvania's Act 13
March 9, 2015
02/17/2015: Ohio high court held local ordinances preempted by state oil and gas regulations 01/05/2015: North Carolina fracking rules challenged by environmental conservation group 12/19/2014: New York governor announced plan to ban fracking statewide 08/06/2014: Texas oil drilling company f....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Ohio death row inmates' lethal injection lawsuit
February 20, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday dismissed a claim filed by four death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of an Ohio law that provides confidentiality for companies that supply lethal injection drugs. The inmates claimed that House Bill 663 vi....... [more]

Ohio high court holds local ordinances preempted by state oil and gas regulations
February 17, 2015
The Supreme Court of Ohio on Tuesday ruled in a 4-3 decision that local drilling and zoning regulations are preempted by state laws governing oil and gas drilling activities. In 2011 Beck Energy Corporation obtained a permit from the Ohio Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ODNR) in or....... [more]

Ohio files suit over Affordable Care Act taxes
January 27, 2015
The state of Ohio, along with several universities, filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Monday challenging taxes imposed on the state through the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The state claims that:the federal government has assess....... [more]

Death-row inmates proceed in lawsuit challenging Ohio execution secrecy law
January 19, 2015
Attorneys for four death-row inmates on Monday proceeded in a challenge to an Ohio law by filing a motion for a preliminary injunction. HB 663 is a measure providing for the confidentiality of entities involved in the manufacture of drugs for use in capital punishment by lethal injection, and of the....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage
January 16, 2015
The US Supreme Court agreed Friday to rule on same-sex marriage, granting certiorari in four cases. The court consolidated appeals from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee after the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld bans in those states. The court limited the petitions to the follo....... [more]

Ohio to change lethal injections drug protocol
January 9, 2015
Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) announced Thursday that it is revising its execution protocol to no longer use the two-drug combination that caused the troubling 26-minute execution of Dennis McGuire last January. Ohio was scrutinized after the state executed McGuire with an....... [more]

Death row inmates challenge Ohio execution secrecy law
December 25, 2014
Four death row inmates filed a complaint on Wednesday challenging Substitute House Bill 663, a measure providing for the confidentiality of entities involved in the manufacture of drugs for use in capital punishment by lethal injection, and of the persons involved in executing a sentence of capital....... [more]




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