Ohio Law

News and Announcements from the Supreme Court of Ohio and Other Governmental Entities Within the Buckeye State.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

The Latest on one of the election contests...

In the case of Moss v. Moyer, the election contest bond of $10,000 was filed yesterday, the summons and complaint were filed and sent to the "contestees," and Justice Maureen O'Connor was designated as the one to preside over the matter by Governor Bob Taft.

Everyone have a great Christmas holiday. The snow is piling up outside, and I'm just about out of here for the week.

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Chief Justice Election Results Challenged

From the same people who brought you Moss v. Bush, now there is Moss v. Moyer (No. 04-2106), filed yesterday (12-21-2004).

The action is in its very preliminary stages, with only a verified contest petition and a motion for admission pro hac vice showing up on the docket sheet thus far.

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Christmas Message

Thanks to everyone who has subscribed to this fledgling blawg and offered encouragement and tips along the way. My simple message is this:

Do something nice for someone this season. The "random act of kindness" is one of the truly great gifts one can give in this day and age of hurried and impersonal communications. It can be as simple as jumping a dead battery in 3 degree weather, donating some cash to a worthy organization, or perhaps offering help to our men and women in the armed services in some small way.

Some practical advice: after reading of a problem with a rebate on a piece of hardware in the web log, The Common Scold, I offer the following:

I have submitted dozens of rebates for various items. Make sure you make copies of everything, especially the UPCs. I started scanning them a few years ago and have had to submit them when my paperwork has been "lost." By scanning them, they can be submitted via e-mail. Also, keep a "Rebate" folder and write down on the form what day it was submitted. Keep copies of all e-mail communications as well.

That's it for now. I'm on vacation from December 23rd through January 3rd, but I will attempt to blog a bit during that time, even if it's only some personal observations on the weather (looks bad for the next few days).

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

NoTampering Found

This story from Fox News:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,142135,00.html

reports that after having a technician re-enact a voting machine repair, it was found that no tampering had occurred. Observers agreed that the procedure did not alter any vote totals.

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Pay Those Taxes...

The Business Courier (Cincinnati) relates the following:

"General Revenue to Collect Back Taxes for Ohio"

The state of Ohio is going to use Cincinnati-based General Revenue Corp. to collect defaulted personal income taxes. The company is a division of Sallie Mae and will start work at the end of March.

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Monday, December 20, 2004

Ohio Election Challenge Continues....

The recount goes on as the election challenge was refiled on Friday with more "action" taking place today.

Case: GEN-2004-2088 Contest of Election Case Pursuant to R.C. 3515.08

12/17/04
Verified Election Contest Petition
Filed by: Rev. Bill Moss et al.
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12/17/04
Election contest bond filed in the amount of $10,000; receipt #772
Filed by: Rev. Bill Moss et al.
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12/17/04
Motion for emergency expedited hearing and emergency expedited relief to prevent spoliation of evidence and to preserve documentary and electronic evidence
Filed by: Rev. Bill Moss et al.
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12/17/04
Motion for admission pro hac vice of Peter Peckarsky by Clifford O. Arnebeck
Filed by: Rev. Bill Moss et al.
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12/20/04
Summons & complaint issued to respondent(s)

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Affidavit Exposes Possible Voting Machine Chicanery?

Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), ranking Democrat of the House Judiciary Committee, sought further investigation of possible voting machine tampering in Hocking County after a county election official gave an affidavit disclosing that an employee of Triad Governmental Systems, the company that wrote voting software used with punch-card machines in 41 of Ohio's 88 counties, dismantled Hocking County's tabulation computer days before the recount and "put a patch on it." Here is the link to the document with the attached affidavit:

http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/brockbealohelecltr121504.pdf

Thanks to the Wired News RSS feed for the heads-up on this document.

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Ohio Legal Gateway

Thanks to some colleagues at the Ohio Legal Research Blog , a new resource, the Ohio Legal Gateway, was reviewed. The review was not exactly positive, and I agree with their assessment of the site. I tried to access various Ohio resources and was unsuccessful most of the time. The contact information for the site was simply an e-mail form sent to an address with no identifying information associated with it. I think the reason behind this site is advertising and client development, but that might just be an assumption on my part without any information as to the identity or identities of the creator(s) of the site. Stay tuned for further information on the Ohio Legal Gateway as it becomes available.

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