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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

8/10/2005 - Supreme Court of Ohio Merit Decisions with Opinions Released

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005

2004-0285. State v. Reese, 2005-Ohio-3806.
Trumbull App. No. 2002-T-0068, 2004-Ohio-341. Judgment reversed.
Moyer, C.J., Resnick, Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Connor, O'Donnell and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Opinion: http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/newpdf/0/2005/2005-Ohio-3806.pdf
Summary: Opportunity to Consult With Lawyer Prior To Waiving Jury Trial Meets Legal Requirement

Criminal law — R.C. 2945.05 — “Opportunity to consult with counsel,” construed — Record need not show actual consultation with counsel in order to establish compliance — Only opportunity to consult need be shown — Appointment of counsel for pro se defendant not mandatory.

2004-0448 and 2004-1765. State ex rel. Plain Dealer Publishing Co. v. Cleveland , 2005-Ohio-3807.
In Mandamus. Writs denied.
Moyer, C.J., Resnick, Lundberg Stratton, O'Connor, O'Donnell and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Pfeifer, J., concurs in part and dissents in part.
Opinion: http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/newpdf/0/2005/2005-Ohio-3807.pdf
Summary: Supreme Court Rules Police I.D. Photos Exempt from Disclosure Under Public Records Act

Public records — R.C. 149.43(A)(1)(p) and (7)(b) — Exemption from disclosure for “peace officer residential and familial information” — Photographs of police officers not subject to disclosure.

2004-2113. Disciplinary Counsel v. Carroll, 2005-Ohio-3805.
On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 04-017. Gregory Alan Carroll, Attorney Registration No. 0039624, is suspended from the practice of law in Ohio for one year, stayed on condition.
Resnick, Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Donnell and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Moyer, C.J., and O'Connor, J., dissent.
Opinion: http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/newpdf/0/2005/2005-Ohio-3805.pdf

Attorneys at law — Misconduct — Six-month suspension, stayed on condition — Engaging in conduct that adversely reflects on fitness to practice law — Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

2005-0260. State ex rel. Florence v. Zitter, 2005-Ohio-3804.
In Prohibition. Writ denied.
Moyer, C.J., Resnick, Pfeifer and O'Connor, JJ., concur.
Lundberg Stratton, O'Donnell and Lanzinger, JJ., dissent.
Opinion: http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/newpdf/0/2005/2005-Ohio-3804.pdf

Prohibition — Guardianship — R.C. 2111.02(A) — Residency requirement for proposed ward — Trial court’s jurisdiction pending appeal—Appointment of guardian ad litem for guardianship proceedings — Patent and unambiguous lack of jurisdiction not shown — Ex parte communications — Adequate remedy at law.

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