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Dispatcher's negligence leading to death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice results in "unacceptable" and "pathetic" 8-day suspension

Cleveland, OH - "Unacceptable." That is how Samaria Rice, the bereaved mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, described the mere eight-day suspension Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams gave Constance Hollinger, a police dispatcher, for Hollinger's negligence resulting in Tamir's death from a police shooting on November 22, 2014.

East Cleveland City School District education board to adopt numerous changes and reimburse $100,000 in fees incurred for board member's suit over extensive open-government violations

The settlement comes two weeks before the board was about to face trial

Kettering taxpayer demands city council declare that councilmember vacated his seat by serving as presidential elector

Robert L. Scott held dual public offices by serving as a presidential elector while holding a seat on City Council. The Kettering Charter mandates that Council declare his seat vacant.

Letter to Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams regarding his failure to terminate officers who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice

The following is the opening text of an open letter just sent to Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams:

Chandra Law wins Ohio Supreme Court victory for crime victims: civil damages can be recovered for criminal acts

Today, the Ohio Supreme Court held in favor of Chandra Law Firm client Jessica Jacobson and confirmed that an Ohio statute, R.C. 2307.60(A)(1) "Civil Action for Damages for Criminal Act," creates an independent cause of action for crime victims to recover full damages in civil actions against perpetrators. Jacobson v. Kaforey, Slip. Op. No. 2016-Ohio-8434. The Court's affirmation of an "independent" cause of action means that crime victims will no longer have to scour the law for statutes or cases authorizing recovery for the specific crime by which they were victimized.

Victory: State Rep. Christina Hagan resigns as Trump presidential Electoral College member, having violated Ohio's Constitution by serving dual public offices

Canton, OH ― In a victory for Ohio voters and the Ohio Constitution, Ohio 50th District State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) has belatedly resigned as a member of the presidential Electoral College. The Electoral College is slated to meet at noon today, December 19, in the state capitol in Columbus.  Hagan was facing a complaint and motion for a temporary restraining order before Judge John Haas of Canton, showing that Hagan, by serving as both a member of Ohio's General Assembly and presidential elector, was violating Article II, Section 4 of the Ohio Constitution. Her vote would have been illegal. Lead counsel for Plaintiffs Deborah L. Cain and Andrew J. DiLiddo, Hagan's constituents, said, "This is a victory for Ohioans who believe in integrity in

Chandra Law clients seek restraining order against Ohio State Rep. Christina Hagan, noting that by serving as presidential Electoral College member, she's violating Ohio Constitution's prohibition against holding dual public offices

Canton, OH ― Chandra Law today served a complaint and emergency motion for temporary restraining order against Ohio 50th House District Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) alleging that her status as a presidential Electoral College member is illegal, and that her anticipated December 19, 2016 noon intended vote for Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president would violate Ohio's Constitution. Plaintiffs Deborah L. Cain of Uniontown and Andrew J. DiLiddo of Canton―both Hagan constituents―assert that Hagan's Electoral College membership violates Ohio Constitution, Article II, Section 4. That provision bars an Ohio General Assembly member from also serving as a federal or other state public official―unless that member first resigns from her assembly seat. The Ohio Supreme Court in 1948 observed that the office of Ohio presidential elector is a state office

Two Years After 12-year-old Tamir Rice's Death, the City of Cleveland Continues to Fail to Discipline Police Officers

Today, Cleveland marks two years since 12-year-old Tamir Rice died from gunshots fired by a Cleveland police officer. Despite multiple claims and promises to afford the family appropriate "due process," the City of Cleveland continues to drag its feet in disciplining the officers involved.

Homeless coalitions appeal to entire federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in challenge to Ohio's perfect-form requirements for absentee and provisional ballots

CLEVELAND, OHIO - Today, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Columbus Coalition for the Homeless, joined by the Ohio Democratic Party, plaintiffs in a voting-rights lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine, sought to have all fifteen judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit hear their challenge against Ohio voting laws known as S.B. 205 and S.B. 216. The laws require throwing out absentee and provisional ballots on trivial technical errors on ballot forms-even where elections boards do not otherwise question voters' identity and eligibility.

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