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Gideon v. Wainwright


Public Defender News

Experts say law enforcement’s use of cellphone records can be inaccurate

(The Washington Post © 6/27/2014)

The use of cellphone records to place suspects at or near crime scenes is coming under attack in courts nationwide, challenging an established practice by federal and local law enforcement that has helped lead to thousands of convictions.

Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones

(The New York Times © 6/25/2014)

In a sweeping victory for privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.

End 'debtors' prisons' in Ohio and the nation: editorial

(The Plain Dealer © 6/3/2014)

Low-level offenders shouldn't go to jail simply because they are too poor to pay the fines levied against them by judges -- either in Ohio or in the United States as a whole.


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Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE)

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center has created a step-by-step guide to applying for a CQE.  If your criminal convictions are affecting your ability to get a job, you may want to consider applying for a CQE, which can erase some barriers to employment.

CLE for Appointed Counsel

Memorandum regarding Indigent Criminal Defense Training Opportunities

Upcoming - Indigent Criminal Defense Training Seminars

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Death Row Updates

Gov. Kasich should move to abolish executions, not schedule them anew: editorial

(The Plain Dealer © 9/14/2014)

A federal lawsuit before Judge Gregory Frost in Columbus raises serious questions about whether Ohio's lethal-injection protocol is so flawed that it can result in unconstitutionally painful and lingering deaths.

Flawed Arizona execution must force another look at Ohio's death cocktail

(The Plain Dealer © 7/28/2014)

Another execution. Another debacle. Another debate.

Judge orders temporary moratorium on Ohio executions

(The Columbus Dispatch © 5/28/2014)

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A federal judge has ordered a temporary moratorium on executions in Ohio while legal issues related to new lethal injection protocol are worked out.  

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