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

Scalia, Thomas and Ginsburg Align in Sentencing Dispute

October 14, 2014

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was quoted in a National Law Journal article over the Supreme Court's decision not to grant cert in Jones v. United States.  which asked the court to rule that in deciding on a sentence, federal judges should not be able to take into consideration conduct for which the defendant was acquitted.

"Anyone (like me) hoping that Justices Sotomayor and Kagan might end up being even more committed to defendants' procedural rights at sentencing has to be deeply troubled by their disinclination to provide a fourth vote for granting cert in Jones," Berman wrote.

 


Wasserman Schultz says state's ID law struck down by Supreme Court

October 14, 2014

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in a Politifact article on judicial rulings in Wisconsin and Texas on voter identification laws. Several Democratic candidates labeled the decision as "striking down" the laws, something Politifact called into question.

"It’s not accurate to say it was ‘struck down,’ but it’s understandable" given the New York Times headline and other media coverage, said Daniel P. Tokaji, an Ohio State University law professor and expert on election law.


Did Israel develop the doctrine behind Iraq invasion?

October 13, 2014

Featured Expert: John B. Quigley

Professor John Quigley's 2013 book, The Six-Day War and Israeli Self-Defense, was reviewed by the Electronic Intifada.


Sex saga at firehouse a turnoff to women recruits?

October 12, 2014

Featured Expert: Martha Chamallas

Professor Martha Chamallas was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article on a recent scandal at a city fire station and the possibility it could alienate women in the fire and police divisions.

“A highly sexualized culture sends a coercive message that, unless you play along and become part of this scene, you will not be accepted into this group and receive proper recognition,” she said. “It’s not that women don’t like sex or have affairs, but this type of environment often produces sexual harassment.”


Ohio is no battleground for House races

October 11, 2014

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in a USA Today article on the lack of tight congressional races in Ohio during the November 2014 election.

Ohio's current congressional lines represent "a perfect partisan gerrymander," said Daniel Tokaji, a law professor at Ohio State University who is an expert on redistricting. "It's quite possible that these districts will remain controlled by the party that controls them now for the remainder of the decade, through 2022."

"The implication for voters is that the general election is a mere formality," Tokaji said. "We know the results as soon as the primary is over. ... So there's very little interest, and there's very little incentive for people to actually vote."


Appeals court dissenters blister state's voter I.D. law

October 10, 2014

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the Supreme Court's decision to block Wisconsin's voter ID law for the Nov. 4 election. The ruling was not a full decision by the Court, which still could take up the case in the future.

"I don't think this is an indication of how the court will rule on the merits," Tokaji said.


Courts Grapple With GOP-Backed Voting Limits

October 10, 2014

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Ned Foley was quoted in The Wall Street Journal on several recent court decisions on Republican-backed measure to tighten state voting rules. Courts are grappling with new legal questions raised by the recent state voting restrictions, and with the effect of a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Voting Rights Act in a case involving Shelby County, Ala.

“This is not the run-of-the-mill pre-election skirmishing,” said Ohio State University law professor Edward Foley. “What’s new is we’re seeing the voting wars play out in a post-Shelby County environment.”


Court Decisions Scramble Elections in Final Weeks

October 9, 2014

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in a National Law Journal article on the impact of several recent court decisions on voter identification and other voting procedures.

It's not all that unusual to have a number of lawsuits popping up near an election, according to Dan Tokaji, a law professor at Ohio State University. But "courts making very late changes to the rules" is out of the ordinary, he said.


Little change expected for Ohio's Congress seats

October 9, 2014

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an Akron Legal News article on the polls showing that Ohio's 16 U.S. incumbent U.S. House members are all likely to retain their seats.

"This is one of those cases when the conventional wisdom is absolutely right," said Daniel Tokaji, an Ohio State University law professor who's an authority on elections and voting rights. Tokaji said he doesn't see much chance for unseating incumbents "absent some major unforeseeable developments."


Bexley Public Library to host civil rights gathering

October 8, 2014

Featured Expert: Sharon L. Davies

Professor Sharon Davies was mentioned in a Columbus Dispatch article on a civil rights event at the Bexley Library being held Oct. 23. Davies will speak at the event.