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Youngstown man who alleged wife’s death was accident loses appeal

The 7th District Court of Appeals has affirmed the convictions and sentence of a Youngstown man who was seen beating his wife in public before she died at a hospital of blunt force trauma.
Jason Hymes Sr. was found guilty by a Mahoning County Common Pleas Court jury of murder, felonious assault and other offenses for the death o ... (full story)

Former Akron Bar president discusses new role at the OSBA

Since beginning his legal career in 1985, Roderick Linton Belfance Principal William Chris has held several key leadership positions at the Akron Bar Association and other organizations.
Now Chris has stepped into a new role as the District 11 representative for the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Board of Governors, where h ... (full story)

7th District affirms jailhouse phone call extortion case

A Jefferson County trial court did not err by allowing an inmate’s recorded telephone calls from jail to be played for the jury in their entirety, according to the 7th District Court of Appeals.
David L. Brown challenged his conviction on one count of extortion. He also claimed his defense counsel was ineffective for faili ... (full story)

Rittenhouse verdict flies in the face of legal standards for self-defense

(THE CONVERSATION) In a two-week trial that reignited debate over self-defense laws across the nation, a Wisconsin jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse for shooting three people, two fatally, during a racial justice protest in Kenosha.
The Wisconsin jury believed Rittenhouse's claims that he feared for his life and acted in self-defe ... (full story)

Adoptees nationwide may soon gain access to their original birth certificates

(THE CONVERSATION) I was adopted in Colorado in the late 1960s. At the age of 20, I was stricken with a serious illness that necessitated access to my medical history, including my birth family's history. To my distress, I discovered I had no legal right to obtain my original birth certificate.
Americans generally take for gran ... (full story)