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Daily Court Reporter - Supreme Court of Ohio releases 26 opinions consistent with two earlier decisions


Supreme Court of Ohio releases 26 opinions consistent with two earlier decisions

Dan Trevas, Supreme Court of Ohio

The Ohio Supreme Court recently released 26 short opinions for cases whose facts were consistent with two cases decided earlier this year.

The Supreme Court reversed and remanded 21 cases to the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court with instructions to reschedule community-control violation hearings and provide the offender and the county prosecuting attorney with notice of the hearing and the opportunity to be heard. Additionally, five other opinions affirm additional mandatory prison terms imposed on offenders convicted of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (OVI) five or more times within the previous 20 years.

State v. Heinz Cases

The new hearings in Cuyahoga County are consistent with the Court’s May ruling in State v. Heinz. In that case, the Court clarified that the prosecuting attorney has the authority to prosecute all complaints, suits, and controversies in which the state is a party, including community- control violation hearings.

While the Court heard the case of Joseph Heinz, it accepted jurisdiction in 21 other cases from Cuyahoga County where the prosecuting attorney’s office objected to a judge’s standing order that excluded the prosecutor’s office from participating in community-control violation hearings. The Supreme Court decision reversed the ruling of the appellate court that the state’s interest was adequately represented by a county probation officer at a community-control violation hearing. Today’s ruling gives the right of the prosecutor to be present and participate in rescheduled hearings for the 21 cases.

Those cases are:

2014-1173, State v. Marks

2014-1175, State v. Jenkins

2014-1176, State v. Harris

2014-1177, State v. Scott

2014-1200, State v. Collins

2014-1201, State v. Wiley

2014-1717, State v. Wimbush

2014-1721, State v. Diamond

2014-1725, State v. Stewart

2014-1776, State v. Wimbush

2015-1455, State v. Wheeler

2014-1363, State v. Washington

2014-1368, State v. Washington

2014-1712, State v. Diamond

2014-1714, State v. Diamond

2014-1715, State v. Turner

2014-1716, State v. Melton

2015-1634, State v. Clark

2015-1637, State v. Sheppard

2015-1691, State v. George

2015-1692, State v. Johnson

State v. Klembus Cases

Five offenders received additional mandatory prison terms and the Court affirmed those sentences consistent with its March decision in State v. Klembus.

The Court determined that two state statutes working in tandem to increase the degree of the felony for repeat OVI offenses, and to also require additional prison time, are part of a constitutionally valid system of graduated penalties.

The Court’s decision in Klembus reversed an Eighth District Court of Appeals decision that questioned the constitutionality of enhanced penalties for repeat OVIs because in some cases prosecutors sought additional prison time and in other cases did not.

The recent decisions affirmed by the Klembus ruling are:

2015-1247 and 2015-1335, State v. Snowden

2015-1341 and 2015-1342, State v. Wright

2015-1679, State v. Sprague

2015-2022, State v. Norquist

2015-2065, State v. Valentyn

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Office of Public Information for the general public and news media. Opinion summaries are not prepared for every opinion, but only for noteworthy cases. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official headnotes or syllabi of court opinions. The full text of this and other court opinions are available online.

Date Published: July 29, 2016


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Supreme Court of Ohio releases 26 opinions consistent with two earlier decisions

The Ohio Supreme Court recently released 26 short opinions for cases whose facts were consistent with two cases decided earlier this year.

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