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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

5/24/2006 - Supreme Court of Ohio Decisions

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

2004-1325 and 2004-1746. State v. Chandler , 2006-Ohio-2285.
Stark App. No. 2003CA00342, 2004-Ohio-3436, and No. 2003CA00403, 2004-Ohio-4764. Judgments affirmed.
Moyer, C.J., Pfeifer, O'Donnell and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Resnick, Lundberg Stratton and O'Connor, JJ., dissent.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/newpdf/0/2006/2006-Ohio-2285.pdf
Summary: Enhanced Sentencing as ‘Major Drug Offender’ Requires Some Amount of Controlled Substance

Criminal law — Drug trafficking — R.C. 2925.03 — Offer to sell substance purported to be crack cocaine — Conviction improper when substance offered is not in fact controlled substance — R.C. 2925.03(C)(4)(g) penalty enhancement does not apply to such transactions.

2005-0899. State ex rel. Dobbins v. Indus. Comm., 2006-Ohio-2286.
Franklin App. No. 04AP-590, 2005-Ohio-1529. Judgment affirmed.
Moyer, C.J., Resnick, Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Connor, O'Donnell and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/newpdf/0/2006/2006-Ohio-2286.pdf

Workers’ compensation — Medical-file review by nonexamining physician — Industrial Commission’s determination of weight and credibility of evidence — No duty to explain why some evidence deemed more persuasive than other evidence.

2005-1108. State ex rel. Avalon Precision Casting Co. v. Indus. Comm., 2006-Ohio-2287.
Franklin App. No. 04AP-558, 2005-Ohio-2297. Judgment affirmed.
Moyer, C.J., Resnick, Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Connor, O'Donnell and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/newpdf/0/2006/2006-Ohio-2287.pdf

Workers’ compensation — Appeal from denial of petition for writ of mandamus — Industrial Commission did not abuse its discretion — Judgment affirmed.

2005-1915. Payne v. Jeffreys, 2006-Ohio-2288.
Marion App. No. 9-05-27 . Judgment affirmed.
Moyer, C.J., Resnick, Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Connor, O'Donnell and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/newpdf/0/2006/2006-Ohio-2288.pdf

Appeal from dismissal of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus — Habeas corpus is not available to challenge the validity or sufficiency of an indictment — Judgment affirmed.

2005-2022. Dayton Bar Assn. v. Corbin, 2006-Ohio-2289.
On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 04-052. Gregory J. Corbin, Attorney Registration No. 0030426, is publicly reprimanded.
Moyer, C.J., Resnick, Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Connor, O'Donnell and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/newpdf/0/2006/2006-Ohio-2289.pdf

Attorneys at law — Misconduct — Public reprimand — Entering into a business transaction with a client.

2005-2060. Columbus Bar Assn. v. Mills, 2006-Ohio-2290.
On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 04-074. Melanie Mills, Attorney Registration No. 0062207, is suspended from the practice of law in Ohio for one year, stayed on conditions.
Moyer, C.J., Resnick, Pfeifer, O'Connor and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Lundberg Stratton and O'Donnell, JJ., concur in part and dissent in part.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/newpdf/0/2006/2006-Ohio-2290.pdf

Attorneys at law — Misconduct — Collection of an illegal or clearly excessive fee — Conduct adversely reflecting on fitness to practice law — Representation of multiple clients when the exercise of professional judgment on one client's behalf may be adversely affected by the representation of another client — One-year stayed suspension.

2005-2353. Fortson v. Bradshaw, 2006-Ohio-2291.
Richland App. No. 05-CA-98. Judgment affirmed.
Moyer, C.J., Resnick, Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton, O'Connor and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
O'Donnell, J., not participating.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/newpdf/0/2006/2006-Ohio-2291.pdf

Successive habeas corpus petition is barred by res judicata — Judgment affirmed.

2005-2395. Disciplinary Counsel v. Jacobs, 2006-Ohio-2292.
On Certified Report by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, No. 05-055. Frank David Jacobs, Attorney Registration No. 0011310, is publicly reprimanded.
Resnick, Pfeifer, Lundberg Stratton and Lanzinger, JJ., concur.
Moyer, C.J., O'Connor and O'Donnell, JJ., dissent.
Opinion: http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/newpdf/0/2006/2006-Ohio-2292.pdf

Attorneys — Misconduct — Dual representation — Accepting or continuing representation when professional judgment likely to be compromised — Public reprimand.

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