Faculty in the News

Ohio State law professors are sought out for their expertise by a number of news media outlets and blogs with large audiences. Topics range from the death penalty to voter ID laws to artificial insemination – and our faculty members’ quotes and analysis can be found everywhere from small-town and national newspapers to radio broadcasts to cable news programs. The following is a selection of media coverage for Moritz College of Law faculty.

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Recent Media Coverage

Columbus police officer’s discipline case still unsettled after 2 years

June 10, 2018

Featured Expert: Sarah Rudolph Cole

Professor Sarah Cole was quoted in The Columbus Dispatch about the speed in which an arbitrator should issue an opinion after a hearing. 

 

“You would never have two years. You would never have one year. You would never have six months,” Cole said. “One of the reasons you go to arbitration is it’s faster.”



Marijuana efforts gain momentum in states, Congress

June 9, 2018

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was quoted in United Press International about Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act, which would give individual states the right to legalize or decriminalize cannabis. 

 

“It’s the least controversial bill that simultaneously allows states to do what they want to do and allow states who oppose it to do what they want to do,” Berman said. 



Supreme Court decision in same-sex wedding cake case could impact Ohio bills

June 8, 2018

Featured Expert: Marc Spindelman

Professor Marc Spindelman was quoted in The Columbus Dispatch about Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

 

“The court’s opinion can be taken as sending a signal that even as the court remains committed to marriage equality and equal dignity under the law for LGBT people, that it has not lost sight of the importance of religious freedom and religious expression,” Spindelman said. “Justice Kennedy’s opinion is trying to send a signal that in respecting rights in Obergefell, the court was not declaring any open hostility toward religion.”



The Strangest Thing About Trump’s Approach to Presidential Power

June 7, 2018

Featured Expert: Peter M. Shane

Professor Peter Shane was requoted in The Atlantic about President Donald Trump’s claims that he has an “absolute right” to pardon himself for a crime. It unclear, however, whether Trump has the legal authority to do so.

 

“We overthrew control by a monarchy, and the Constitution signals in multiple places that the president is subject to law,” Shane originally told The New York Times. 



Trump and His Lawyers Embrace a Vision of Vast Executive Power

June 4, 2018

Featured Expert: Peter M. Shane

Professor Peter Shane was quoted in The New York Times about President Donald Trump’s claims that he has an “absolute right” to pardon himself for a crime. It unclear, however, whether Trump has the legal authority to do so.

 

“We overthrew control by a monarchy, and the Constitution signals in multiple places that the president is subject to law,” Shane said.

 

 

 


Toledo business owners, leaders react to Supreme Court decision on cakes

June 4, 2018

Featured Expert: Peter M. Shane

Professor Peter Shane was quoted in The Blade about a U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a customized wedding cake for a gay couple. According to Shane, the court’s decision signals that business owners won’t necessarily win a case for declining services to same-sex couples on the basis of religious grounds, but that they are entitled to a fair hearing. 

 

“This opinion might be taken as a signal from the LGBT community that the Supreme Court is not abandoning them,” Shane said.



Fired police officers often have edge in arbitration cases

June 3, 2018

Featured Expert: Sarah Rudolph Cole

Professor Sarah Cole was quoted in The Columbus Dispatch about the use of arbitration between the City of Columbus and the Fraternal Order of Police. 

 

“Are they keeping track of this?” Cole said. “If you’re seeing a pattern where you don’t feel like the decisions are going in your favor and they should, you might want to re-think the arbitrator. I would.”



How Trump Has Already Abused His Presidential Pardon Power

May 31, 2018

Featured Expert: Peter M. Shane

Professor Peter Shane was quoted in Rolling Stone about President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Dinesh D’Souza, Joe Arpaio and Scooter Libby. 

 

"If you think of these three pardons as slaps in the face of the rule of law, national security, and fair elections, that's the democracy trifecta," Shane said.


Here’s what is behind Trump’s pardons

May 31, 2018

Featured Expert: Joshua Dressler

Professor Joshua Dressler was quoted in MarketWatch about President Donald Trump’s pardoning power. 

 

“It does seem to me that the president has selected people whose pardons would please the Trump supporters,” Dressler said. “It’s not based upon some sense of rehabilitation or evidence of innocence. It just has a political overtone to it.”


GOP-Appointed Judges Hand Black People Longer Sentences, A New Study Says. And There's More.

May 30, 2018

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was requoted in Bustle about a new study showing that Republican-appointed judges give longer sentences to black defendants and shorter sentences to women.

 

“It’s an extraordinarily important contribution to our statistical understanding of sentencing decision making in federal courts over the last two decades,” Berman originally told The New York Times.