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Toledo Legal News - News 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.

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Dan Trevas, Supreme Court of Ohio

National security legal experts will discuss future challenges in ABA webinar series

Legal experts and current and former officials from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Defense, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, National Security Agency, Department of State and Department of Treasury will discuss future national security challenges in the webinar series, “Emerging Critical Issues,” to be held online, Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5.

Date Published: January 26, 2021

Supervised injection sites ruled illegal under federal law

In a precedential opinion, the Third Circuit ruled recently that it is a federal crime to open a supervised injection site or “consumption room” for illegal drug use. Local nonprofit Safehouse planned to open the nation’s first such consumption room in the City of Philadelphia, where individuals would be invited to inject heroin and use other drugs under supervision. But the Third Circuit ruled that doing so “will break the law” because Safehouse knows and intends that visitors to its consumption room will have a significant purpose of using illegal drugs. In agreeing with the government’s interpretation of the Controlled Substances Act, the Court explained that, “[t]hough the opioid crisis may call for innovative solutions, local innovations may not break federal law.”

Date Published: January 26, 2021

ODNR offers $500k in grants to improve boating access in 2021

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft is offering $500,000 in grants to improve boating access for hand-powered watercraft at public facilities across the state. Applicants may request up to $75,000 for a single project during the grant period.

Date Published: January 25, 2021

Cybersecurity stewardship during trying times

(BPT) Cybercrimes skyrocketed in 2020 - Barracuda Networks reported in March that COVID-19-themed spear phishing emails skyrocketed 667% between March 1 and 23. As fraudsters seek to take advantage, Schwab reaffirms our commitment to our clients to keep their data safe and secure.

Date Published: January 22, 2021

Ohio’s muzzleloader season results

Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunters completed the 2021 muzzleloader season with 9,708 deer checked from Saturday, Jan. 2 to Tuesday, Jan. 5, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Over the last three years, an average of 12,695 deer were taken during the same four-day period.

Date Published: January 22, 2021

5 do's and don'ts of fire safety

(BPT) A fire department responds to a fire every 24 seconds, and a small flame can turn into a major fire rapidly. With Americans spending more time at home than ever before, it is important to be ready before disaster strikes. To ensure your family is prepared for the unexpected, make sure you know these five fire safety do's and don'ts from First Alert:

Date Published: January 21, 2021

Doctor’s revised will written on index card rejected

A companion to a deceased sleep clinic founder cannot inherit one-fourth of his estate based on a revised will the psychologist wrote on an index card nearly 40 years after creating a formal will, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.

Date Published: January 21, 2021

ODNR focused on upgrades with passage of Capital Appropriations Bill

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) welcomes visitors every day to state parks, forests, nature preserves, and wildlife areas in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Passage of the Capital Appropriations Bill (SB 310) provides the resources necessary for ODNR to manage and maintain those properties for enjoyment by future generations.

Date Published: January 21, 2021

Philanthropy Ohio and Ohio Department of Education announce round 2 grants from The Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools

Philanthropy Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education have recently announced grants awarded to 29 projects, totaling just over $2.6 million and benefitting approximately 107,516 students across Ohio, through the Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools (the Collaborative Fund) in a second round of funding. In the first round of the grant competition, the Collaborative Fund funded 28 projects totaling $3.1 million and reaching more than 788,000 students. This public-private partnership aims to help schools and districts improve remote education practices and outcomes and to use remote education as a catalyst for re-imagining and re-engineering the delivery of high-quality caring, teaching and learning opportunities for Ohio’s most underserved students.

Date Published: January 21, 2021

ABA reports law school enrollment for 2020 remains stable

The number of students at American Bar Association-approved law schools remained steady this fall compared to a year ago, another sign of enrollment stability despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date Published: January 20, 2021

DOJ files statement of interest urging transparency in the compensation of asbestos claims

The Department of Justice recently filed a Statement of Interest in In re Bestwall LLC in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina. In this bankruptcy case, the debtor Bestwall LLC seeks to establish a trust to resolve its asbestos liabilities pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 524(g), a provision in the Bankruptcy Code that provides the framework for responding to the unique issues associated with asbestos liability.

Date Published: January 20, 2021