Ohio Supreme Court agrees judge in contempt
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 07:52

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court agreed Friday that a southwest Ohio juvenile court judge is in contempt for barring a newspaper's reporters from her courtroom.

The court upheld an appellate court's finding against Hamilton County Judge Tracie Hunter. The conflict had begun over The Cincinnati Enquirer's coverage of six teens charged in 2012 with badly beating a man in suburban North College Hill.

Hunter began banning Enquirer reporters because the newspaper used juveniles' names in coverage.

The Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals ruled to allow Enquirer reporters into the courtroom while both sides were making legal arguments on the issue, but Hunter said that The Enquirer's access would be conditional on not publishing the defendants' names. The newspaper called that an unconstitutional prior restraint of First Amendment press freedom rights and argued that the appellate court's ruling gave it access without conditions.

Final figure in Ohio corruption probe gets six years
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 07:50

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The final figure in a long-running corruption probe in the state's largest county has been sentenced to prison time, federal authorities said Friday.

Former Cuyahoga County employee and Parma School Board member J. Kevin Kelley, who pleaded guilty to multiple charges, was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay more than $700,000 for his involvement in several bribery schemes.

Kelley, 44, is the last of more than 60 indicted people to be sentenced in the investigation surrounding bribes paid to elected county officials in return for contracts, federal authorities said.

The investigation — which included the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. attorney's office and other agencies — led to county government reforms approved by voters.

Jesus figurine returned to Ohio Nativity scene
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 07:48

CINCINNATI (AP) — A baby Jesus figurine stolen from outside a Cincinnati funeral home last Christmas is back where it belongs.

WLWT-TV (http://bit.ly/1bXrKHF ) reports the 66-year-old handmade statue was returned to the Paul R. Young Funeral Home on Friday. The figurine had been stolen on Christmas Day last year.

Paul Young II says he's happy to have the statue back but wonders who would have taken it in the first place.

Young says his father had carved the one-of-a-kind figurine. The older man died in March.

The funeral home will be closing down the Nativity scene at night to avoid another theft.


Information from: WLWT-TV, http://www.wlwt.com

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Ohio court upholds board's Medicaid expansion vote
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 07:49

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's highest court upheld Friday a state legislative panel's vote to allow the expansion of Medicaid, handing a legal victory to the Republican governor who had pushed expansion in opposition to many in his own party.

The 4-3 decision by the Ohio Supreme Court came after two anti-abortion groups and six GOP lawmakers sued the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the state Controlling Board over that panel's decision. Dissenting justices favored tossing the case.

At issue was whether the quietly powerful Controlling Board thwarted the intentions of the Legislature by allowing $2.56 billion in federal money to be spent on the expansion of Medicaid allowed under President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

36 years for ex-Ohio doctor in pregnant mom death
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Friday, 20 December 2013 14:46

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — An ex-Ohio doctor has been sentenced to more than 36 years in prison for raping and killing an expectant mom who died after receiving a fatal heroin overdose.

Former emergency room doctor Ali Salim had faced up to 37 years in prison when he appeared in court Friday afternoon.

A Delaware County judge handed down the sentence in the case involving a woman forced to turn to prostitution to support her two young children after a divorce.

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