by Nick Swartsell
85 days ago
Posted In: Courts
at 12:40 PM | Permalink
Butler County judge acted improperly sealing files, court says
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled June 5 that a Butler County judge acted improperly when he sealed records relating to a 2012 rape flier posted at Miami University.Judge Robert Lyons ordered the records sealed after a student at Miami University was charged with and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for posting a flier listing the "Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape" in a coed residence hall bathroom at the school.When sealing the record, however, Lyons cited a law pertaining to sealing cases that don't reach a conviction, an error that he acknowledged later. The case drew national attention, in part due to the graphic nature of the list, which included pointers like "If your [sic] afraid the girl will identify you slit her throat." It also drew scrutiny for Lyons' unusual move making the records in the case, and thus the student's name, unavailable to the public.The Cincinnati Enquirer sued to have the records released. After the suit was filed, Lyons allowed the student to withdraw his guilty plea. The state of Ohio then dropped its case against the student, and Lyons sealed the case again under the same law he had cited previously.Misdemeanors require a one-year waiting period before cases can be sealed. Judge Lyons argued that this isn't the case for minor misdemeanors like disorderly conduct and that no waiting period applied. In a 5-2 ruling, the Ohio Supreme Court disagreed, holding that there is no such distinction.The student left Miami shortly after the incident. You can find the full text of the court's decision here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
A not-so-happy reminder on the 50-year anniversary of the
Equal Pay Act: Ohio women still make 23 percent less than men.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Downtown Cincinnati is on track to receive its own
high-end grocery store on the ground level of the proposed apartment
complex at Fourth and Race streets; it’s supposed to focus heavily on
fresh produce, something the area has lacked widespread access to for
years. CINCINNATI +2
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Two-time Academy Award nominee Kirby Dick wages a timely battle with this War,
highlighting several soldiers, mainly female, but altogether these
precious few are only a handful next to the thousands of cases of rape in the military (both
reported and unreported) that occur every year.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The sealing of a criminal court case
involving a former Miami University student who posted a “Top Ten Ways
to Get Away with Rape” flier in a freshman dormitory now has the
presiding judge defending his decision to the Ohio Supreme Court.
1 Comment · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Miami University is a sick, sick campus in desperate need
of the largest group therapy session ever recorded, top-rung leadership
more palpably concerned with student safety and a less corporate
approach to media relations.
Non-combat deaths of Ohio soldiers raise questions about U.S. military’s treatment of female members
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
There are several Ohio families whose military daughters died from “non-combat” circumstances, and their tragedy was amplified when the military tried to tarnish the victim’s reputation and even blame the victim for her own death.