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726 ABA Journal Ohio articles.

Afternoon Briefs: State justice contracts COVID-19; $50M verdict upheld for man kept in police storage room

Longtime North Dakota Supreme Court justice tests positive for COVID-19

North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Gerald VandeWalle, who is 86 and the longest-serving justice on the state’s high court, has…

New York and Illinois join others moving to October online bar exam; another jurisdiction grants diploma privilege
In light of public health concerns, Illinois and New York have joined the growing list of states that canceled in-person bar exams, with plans for an October remote test offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Lawyer suspended after his skip-trial strategy backfires; his son is reprimanded
Updated: A father and his son, both Ohio lawyers, were sanctioned on Thursday after the father skipped his client's criminal trial and the son criticized the judge on Facebook.

Emotional support dog didn’t have priority over tenant with allergies, state supreme court says
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a no-pets building in Iowa City, Iowa, should not have allowed a new tenant to have an emotional support dog after an objection by another tenant with severe allergies.
Lawyer who ‘actively avoided’ payment of malpractice settlement gets suspension
An Ohio lawyer who “actively avoided” paying a $25,000 malpractice settlement has been suspended from law practice.
Afternoon Briefs: ‘Highly irregular conduct’ by DOJ alleged; satanist loses abortion case

DOJ engaged in ‘highly irregular conduct,’ says amicus appointee in Michael Flynn case

The U.S. Department of Justice “engaged in highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the…

Sotomayor temporarily halts order to move at-risk inmates from Ohio prison
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday temporarily stayed a judge’s order to begin moving 837 inmates from an Ohio prison who face greater risks if they contract COVID-19.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge prevented from fixing jobless system; state will stop sharing COVID-19 data

Separation of powers stops Florida judge from ordering unemployment system fix

Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper said Thursday that Florida law and the Constitution’s separation of powers doctrine is…

SCOTUS refuses to block order to move at-risk inmates at prison with high COVID-19 rate
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to stay a judge’s order requiring the Federal Bureau of Prisons to release or transfer inmates at an Ohio prison who face greater risks if they contract COVID-19.
Afternoon Briefs: Texas justice has COVID-19; 7th Circuit win for strip clubs seeking payroll loans

Texas Supreme Court justice tests positive for COVID-19

Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann said Thursday she and her husband, Greg, have tested positive for COVID-19. The couple got tested…

Lawyer is thankful for second chances after suspension for erratic behavior, client neglect
Ohio lawyer William Matthew Tinch says he’s thankful for second chances after being indefinitely suspended Wednesday following “increasingly erratic” behavior and client neglect.
Afternoon Briefs: Hackers want $21M from showbiz lawyer; videos of clothed women not a crime

Hackers demand $21M from showbiz lawyer

Hackers are threatening to reveal personal information about the celebrity clients of lawyer Allen Grubman unless he pays them a ransom of $21 million.…

Lawyer accused of stealing estate money for wife’s breast implants, child support gets interim suspension
An Ohio lawyer has been placed on interim suspension after he was accused of stealing millions of dollars from a number of estates and trusts, including an estate that was intended to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Afternoon Briefs: 6th Circuit won’t delay inmate transfer; sheriff declines to enforce stay-at-home order

6th Circuit refuses to delay inmate transfer

On Monday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati refused to delay the transfer of more than 800 medically vulnerable inmates…

State supreme court allows in-person jury trial, which ends with defendant nearly collapsing
An Ohio judge tried to hold Tuesday what may be the nation’s first in-person jury trial since shutdown orders began. But it ended when the defendant was carried out of the courthouse on a stretcher.

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