Monday, August 11, 2014

Criminal Law Deskbook (Release 30 - August 2014)

These chapters have been completely updated to reflect new changes in case law and analysis:

Chapter 3, Substantive Crimes and Their Elements
Chapter 11, Plea Bargaining and the Guilty Plea
Chapter 12, Preparation for Trial

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ohio Employment Practices Law -- Baldwin's Ohio Handbook Series (2014)

Recent developments in the 2014 edition include:

  • Discussion of the legality of an employee discharge over an employee's social media posts, including coverage of the recent National Labor Relations Board case Butler Medical Transport, LLC, 2013 WL 4761153 (N.L.R.B. Div. of Judges 2013). See section 10:10.

  • Coverage of the decision of the United States Supreme Court in the case of US Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen, 133 S. Ct. 1537, 185 L. Ed. 2d 654, 55 Employee Benefits Cas. (BNA) 1845 (2013), in which the Court resolved the circuit split on whether "equitable defenses" could override an ERISA plan's reimbursement provisions. See section 14:2.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ohio Planning and Zoning Law -- Baldwin's Ohio Handbook Series (2014)

New features and recent developments covered in the 2014 edition include:

  • Boice v. Ottawa Hills, 137 Ohio St. 3d 412, 2013-Ohio-4769, 999 N.E. 2d 649 (2013), in which the Ohio Supreme Court addressed a property owner's vested right in a lot's status as buildable. See section 7:1.

  • Koontz v.St. Johns River Water Management Dist., 133 S. Ct. 2586, 186 L.d. 2d 697, 76 Env't Rep. Cas. (BNA) 1649 (2013), in which the United States Supreme Court clarified the constitutional tests involved when a government demands either money or land from a land use permit applicant.  See sections 10:5 and 11:21.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ohio Trial Practice -- Baldwin's Ohio Handbook Series (2014)

New features and recent developments in this 2014 edition of Ohio Trial Practice include:

  • Does the fact that a prosecutor breached a plea agreement to not speak on the issue of sentencing entitle a defendant to withdraw his guilty plea? See State v. Graham, 2013-Ohio-600, 2013 WL 659094 (Ohio Ct. App.5th Dist. Delaware County 2013), discussed in Section 4:33.

  • Should a trial court suppress a recording of a conversation between defendant and his mother in a closed interview room? See State v. Williams, 2013-Ohio-5076, 2013 WL 6081535 (Ohio Ct. App. 11th Dist. Trumbull County discussed in Section 29:2.

  • Can a court seal the records for a dismissed charge that arises as the result of the same act that supports a non-sealable conviction? See State v. Pariag, 137 Ohio St. 3d 81, 2013-Ohio-4010, 998 N.E. 2d (2013), discussed in Section 39:27.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Attorney's Guide to Defending Veterans in Criminal Court

The Ohio Consortium of County Law Libraries is providing county law libraries with this publication from the Veterans Defense Project.  The book is now available in the Wayne County Law Library. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ohio Arrest, Search and Seizure -- Baldwin's Handbook Series (2014)

Recent developments covered in the 2014 edition include:

  • May police, following an arrest for a serious offense based on probable cause, routinely take and analyze a DNA swab from the arrest?  See Maryland v. King, 133 St. Ct. 1958, 186 L. Ed. 2d 1 (2013), discussed in Section 9:11.

  • Does reading a letter found in a car fall within the terms of a defendant's consent to search the car?  See Winfield v. Trottier, 710 F. 3d 49 (2d Cir. 2013), discussed in Section 20:9.

  • Does the failure to use a "blind" administrator in showing a photo array warrant suppression of an identification?  See State v. Simpson, 2013-Ohio-1072, 2013 WL 1189227 (Ohio Ct. App. 2d Dist. Montgomery County 2013), discussed in Section 26:2.

  • See Section 1:1 for a full listing of new topics discussed in this edition.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ohio Attorney General Opinions now available online for free back to 1846

According to a press release, Ohio Attorney General Opinions are now available online for free back to 1846. Search options include browsing by year or decade or searching by topic. According to the AG's website, "[a]n Attorney General opinion is an official statement of the Attorney General’s views on a legal question.  An Attorney General opinion may also be referred to as a “formal opinion.”" 

From the Cleveland Law Library Blog (June 2, 2014)