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Bill would crack down on human trafficking practice of 're-homing' difficult or unwanted children

The Ohio House of Representatives has taken up legislation that addresses extrajudicial adoptions, perhaps the most pernicious form of human trafficking.
Called re-homing, the practice amounts to a transfer of a child's legitimate custody from either his birth parents or legal, adoptive parents to willing individuals who forgo th ... (full story)

Column: Airbnb and other rental properties

Innovative and very popular technologies and services have created new opportunities for real estate owners to generate income by renting their properties. Companies like Airbnb, Inc., Craigslist, Inc. and HomeAway.com, Inc. now provide the opportunity to easily advertise houses, condominium units and other types of real property as ... (full story)

Inaugural dispute resolution conference debuts in Columbus

Four hundred mediators, lawyers, and judges gathered in Columbus last week to participate in the Ohio Supreme Court’s first-ever statewide Dispute Resolution Conference.
“Mediation is used in nearly every civil case type in every jurisdiction,” Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor told attendees. “Ohio&rs ... (full story)

School-walkout unity also lays bare division among students

School-walkout unity also lays bare division among students

By As she addressed the crowd during the walkout at her Idaho high school, Kylee Denny faced heckles and name-calling from a group of students carrying American flags, she said. The counterprotesters included many familiar faces, including her boyfriend's stepbrother.
To avoid making a difficult situation worse, Kylee's boyfriend ... (full story)

Man unsuccessfully appeals dismissal of his own charges

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ronald Bergrin appears to have both won and lost Friday when a slightly bemused three-judge appeals court panel upheld dismissal of his charges for threatening an FBI agent after deeming him mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Cleveland-based U.S. District Judge Dan Polster dismissed Bergrin's charges in 2 ... (full story)