CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Porter Wright partner J. Philip Calabrese will be the newest judge on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court bench.Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tapped the 48-year-old Calabrese on Thursday to fill the vacancy left Wednesday when Pamela Barker was sworn in at the U.S. District Court in Cleveland.Calabrese, 48, of Shaker Heights, is a civil litigation attorney who focuses on corporate defense, according to his biography on Porter Wright’s website. He is the former president of the Federal Bar Association’s Northern District of Ohio Chapter, and graduated from Harvard Law School. The U.S. Senate last week voted 91 to 5 to confirm Barker to replace Judge Donald Nugent, who took senior status in January 2017. Ohio U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman each endorsed Barker, and the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously signed off on her nomination in February.Calabrese was selected over former Juvenile Court Judge Denise Rini and defense attorney Brian Darling for … [Read more...] about New judge appointed to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court bench
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down a FirstEnergy charge that had been added to power bills and has cost customers well over $150 million a year.The court ruled Tuesday that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s authorization of the charge, which began appearing on customers’ bills in 2017, was improper. The charge was called a “distribution modernization rider.” But PUCO placed no conditions on the company to ensure that it would, in fact, use the money for upgrades to the distribution system, the court concluded. Rather, PUCO may have wanted the rider to provide more money to FirstEnergy Corp. to improve its credit rating, as the commission’s staff members suggested. PUCO staff had indicated that the rider could serve as an incentive for FirstEnergy to modernize its power distribution systems.“The PUCO’s staff’s wishful thinking cannot take the place of real requirements, restrictions, or conditions by the … [Read more...] about Ohio Supreme Court nixes FirstEnergy electric grid charge
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge awarded a Muslim-American radio host $4.1 million in monetary damages Wednesday after he successfully sued a neo-Nazi website operator who falsely accused him of terrorism.SiriusXM Radio show host Dean Obeidallah filed the civil complaint against The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin, who hasn't responded to Obeidallah's libel lawsuit. Anglin's whereabouts are unclear. Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Sargus Jr. agreed to enter a default judgment against Anglin and his company, Moonbase Holdings LLC. Sargus announced the award after a Wednesday morning hearing.The judge said he was convinced nothing in Anglin's statements were protected speech under the First Amendment. He also issued an injunction ordering the materials about Obeidallah taken down from the website and forbidding Anglin from discussing them further.During the hearing, Obeidallah explained the shock he felt after Anglin published an article about him in June … [Read more...] about Judge awards $4.1 million in neo-Nazi website lawsuit
AKRON, Ohio -- An Akron man has been charged in connection with a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon near the University of Akron.De’Jon Cash, 30, of Forbes Avenue faces a fourth-degree felony of carrying a concealed weapon without a license, according to Akron Municipal Court records. Police said they suspect Cash fatally shot a 21-year-old man around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 500 block of Spicer Street in the city’s University Park neighborhood.Police found the victim in the backyard of a home with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, who has not been identified, died at the scene.Officers learned the victim got into an argument with Cash before the shooting and arrested Cash shortly after in a parking lot on the 800 block of East Exchange Street, police said.The investigation is ongoing.To comment on this story, visit Tuesday’s crime and courts comment section.Want more Akron news? Sign up for cleveland.com’s Rubber City Daily, an email newsletter delivered at … [Read more...] about Akron man arrested in connection with Tuesday afternoon homicide
Prisoners at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland, Vermont, register to vote in 2008. Only two states, Vermont and Maine allow people to vote while they're in prison.Toby Talbot/AP This story was published in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit newsroom covering the US criminal justice system. Sign up for their newsletter, or follow The Marshall Project on Twitter and Facebook. When Senator Bernie Sanders championed voting rights for prisoners during a CNN town hall, he spotlighted an intensifying national debate about why going to prison means losing the right to vote. Only two states in the country allow incarcerated people to vote: Sanders’ home state of Vermont and its neighbor, Maine. Sanders is the sole presidential candidate to support the idea. His stance may reflect the reality that these states have long-established procedures, and general public acceptance, of people voting from behind bars. The idea is percolating … [Read more...] about Prisoners In Just Two States Can Vote. Here’s Why Few Do.