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Toledo Legal News - News The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio filed a record number of violent crime indictments in Fiscal Year 2019 as part of a strategy to help drive down homicides and fatal overdos


The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio filed a record number of violent crime indictments in Fiscal Year 2019 as part of a strategy to help drive down homicides and fatal overdoses.

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Mental health court, participants resilient during pandemic

Mental health matters are a major concern for people given the vast changes in everyday life due to the coronavirus. Some of those adjustments have resulted in mental health court innovations, and a greater sense of community for its participants.

Date Published: July 6, 2020

Ohio Auditor of State provides local governments pandemic relief resource page

After hearing the concerns and needs of local governments through teleconferences over the last two months, Auditor Faber recently announced the launch of a COVID-19 fiscal relief resources page on the Auditor’s website. The available webpage will provide guidance and information to assist local governments navigate the evolving fiscal landscape created by the pandemic.

Date Published: July 6, 2020

Ohio tax relief for COVID-19 crisis

On March 27, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 197 into law to provide relief to Ohioans for the coronavirus pandemic. With authority from this new legislation, the Ohio Department of Taxation has taken steps to provide relief for Ohio taxpayers.

Date Published: July 6, 2020

Donated PPE shipped to Area Agencies on Aging

Fifty-five pallets of donated hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment (PPE) have been shipped to Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) around the state to protect home and community-based providers and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among older Ohioans, Governor Mike DeWine announced recently.

Date Published: July 3, 2020

Ohio receives $8.5 million employment and training grant to help jumpstart the state’s economic recovery

Ohio will receive an $8.5 million federal Employment Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant to help reemploy individuals who lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and to help employers rebuild their workforces, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced recently. The agency will work collaboratively with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to assist Ohioans whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19 as they prepare for the next step in their careers.

Date Published: July 3, 2020

Ohio's Utica Shale first quarter production totals released

During the first quarter of 2020, Ohio's horizontal shale wells produced 5,887,032 barrels of oil and 581,634,083 Mcf (582 billion cubic feet) of natural gas, according to the figures released today by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Date Published: July 3, 2020

ABA, Clio help lawyers solve COVID-19 practice challenges

The American Bar Association and legal technology leader Clio announced a new strategic partnership on June 10 to provide lawyers with information needed to navigate the issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date Published: July 2, 2020

After a 40-year decline, the marriage rate has remained stable since 2010

The U.S. marriage rate has been stable since 2010 after declining nearly 60 percent from 1970 to 2010, according to a new report from the Marriage Strengthening Research and Dissemination Center (MAST Center). Trends in Relationship Formation and Stability in the United States provides a review of recent research on trends in marriage, cohabitation and divorce for heterosexual couples, and offers important implications for future research and for relationship education efforts, including federally funded healthy marriage and relationship education programs.

Date Published: July 2, 2020

Former Bumble Bee CEO sentenced to prison for fixing prices of canned tuna

Christopher Lischewski, former Chief Executive Officer and President of Bumble Bee Foods LLC, was sentenced to serve 40 months in jail and pay a $100,000 criminal fine for his leadership role in a three-year antitrust conspiracy to fix prices of canned tuna, the Department of Justice announced.

Date Published: July 2, 2020

Laser speed-detector results admissible without expert witness verification

The results of radar or laser speed-measuring devices can be admitted in court to convict speeders without an expert witness testifying to, or noting, any prior Ohio court ruling affirming, the scientific principles of the technology, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.

Date Published: July 2, 2020

Error in jury selection did not automatically require a new trial

Allowing a prosecutor to remove a juror after the prosecution waived its final juror challenge is an error, but does not violate a criminal defendant’s constitutional rights. If the error occurs and the defendant objects to it in the trial court, the state must prove the error did not affect the outcome of the trial , the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.

Date Published: July 1, 2020

ABA launches new racial justice resources website

The American Bar Association recently announced the launch of the ABA Racial Equity in the Justice System website, which is a central clearinghouse of ABA-related information and resources for attorneys, the legal profession and the public on a wealth of issues addressing bias, racism and prejudice in the justice system and society.

Date Published: June 30, 2020

Attorney suspended for illegally thwarting client’s prosecution

The Ohio Supreme Court recently indefinitely suspended a Portage County attorney for committing a felony with the intent of thwarting the domestic-violence prosecution of one of his clients, and for several serious ethical violations made while representing other clients.