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A Flashing Turn Signal Does Not Amount to Flight from Police

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Police officers often come up with many creative reasons for why they stopped a citizen, whether it’s someone walking on the street or driving a car on the highway. Recently, an Ohio state trooper in Ashland County came up with a reason that didn’t pass muster with an Ohio court. A left turn signal… Read More »

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“Just a Hunch” Isn’t a Good Enough Reason for an Arrest

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Police officers are trained professionals, and many of them have developed sharp instincts for observing criminal behavior; that is, they have a hunch when something isn’t right. But a hunch is still an insufficient reason for an arrest, as an Ohio court recently ruled. A nervous woman arouses police suspicion Ranger Lukas Hammermeister was… Read More »

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Don’t Look Inside: When Searches Are Illegal

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Traffic stops are usually nerve-wracking events. You just know that you’re going to get some sort of ticket. For some people, traffic stops churn their stomachs even more because they have drugs or guns in their car and don’t want the police to find out. The courts have long allowed the police to search… Read More »

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It Was an Accident: Reckless and Negligent Homicide

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Brandon Smith was lying in bed with his girlfriend in his Avon Lake Ohio apartment. His roommate, Ryan Raider, entered the bedroom drunk and playing with one of the guns the two men kept in the house. Suddenly, the gun went off, hitting Smith. He was flown to a Cleveland hospital, but died soon… Read More »

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Miranda Warnings: When a Suspect Won’t Stop Talking

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Miranda warnings regularly appear on TV and in the movies. The police advise the alleged suspects of their rights under the law to not incriminate themselves by what they say. On TV, the suspect stays silent. Any attempt by the police to force the suspect to talk after the warnings would make statements or… Read More »

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When a Car Is a Weapon: Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and Similar Charges

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A Dublin, Ohio man named Matthew Cordle gained national attention when he made a YouTube video in which he admitted causing the death of another man while driving drunk. Cordle knew he was prone to blackouts after drinking, but he took the wheel with a blood alcohol level double the state limit. He pled… Read More »

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Manslaughter – a Less Culpable Homicide

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In Geauga County, Ohio, Rita Greifenstein, a 66-year-old woman, shot and killed her 68-year-old husband in their kitchen. Mrs. Greifenstein claimed that she shot her husband in self-defense. The police stated that the two had been arguing for hours before the gunshot. The prosecutor decided to charge her with voluntary manslaughter after determining that… Read More »

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Murder: The Most Serious of All Charges

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Celeste Fronsman’s life came to a brutal end. She was found along the side of a road in Muskingum County, Ohio, begging for help and badly beaten, with burns over 70 percent of her body from being set on fire. She died two days later. Canton drug dealer LaFonse Dixon was charged with her… Read More »

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Not-So-Funny Money: Counterfeit Bills

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With great fanfare, the U.S. Treasury just introduced a brand-new design of the $100 bill. Containing the latest in 3-D graphics and color-changing technology, it’s meant to deter counterfeiters. The current bills aren’t that easy to counterfeit, but the government has to keep a step ahead of newer technologies that allow for more precise… Read More »

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Don’t Bet Against the House: The Felony of Cheating a Casino in Ohio

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Hollywood Casino Columbus recently celebrated its first birthday. That establishment and Ohio’s three other casinos in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo, have succeeded in keeping gambling money within the state rather than seeing it escape to Las Vegas or Atlantic City. Some visitors to the casinos aren’t satisfied with an evening of entertainment. They want… Read More »

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