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

The Only Way to Find Out If the President Can Be Indicted

May 23, 2018

Featured Expert: Peter M. Shane

Professor Peter Shane was quoted in The Atlantic about how to determine whether the president can be indicted while serving in office.


Using a government lawyer, Shane suggests, might introduce “a presumption of respect for prior opinions” about the executive branch and shed some light on the issue.   

DNA ancestry site used to track Golden State Killer suspect, but experts say method raises privacy concerns

May 22, 2018

Featured Expert: Ric Simmons

Professor Ric Simmons was quoted in Cleveland.com about the use of DNA testing and open-source ancestry websites in criminal investigations. 


"It might make sense to set up some laws for testing and disposing DNA," Simmons said. "I'm hoping for some reasonable compromise. This really is something that can be used to solve crimes."

Informants, infiltration and spying: Some definitions in the FBI investigation of team Trump

May 22, 2018

Featured Expert: Dakota S. Rudesill

Professor Dakota Rudesill was quoted in PolitiFact about the differences in meaning between being an informant, infiltration and spying. 


Infiltration requires agents to "secretly insert themselves into an organization," Rudesill said. 



Separating fact from fiction on traffic stops

May 18, 2018

Featured Expert: David A. Goldberger

Professor Emeritus of Law David Goldberger was quoted in The Canton Repository about a recent traffic stop in Canton during which a man told police that he was not required to possess a valid driver’s licence or plates. 


“So long as the laws are validly drafted ... the state has the power to require a valid driver’s license and valid license plate for the car,” Goldberger said. “I can’t imagine Ohio laws in regards to driver’s license and license plate requirement were drafted in an improper and sloppy way.”

Trump’s move greatly complicates quest for Mideast peace

May 17, 2018

Featured Expert: John B. Quigley

An op-ed written by Professor John Quigley about President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal was published by the Tribune News Service


"Trump’s withdrawal leaves the United States with little leverage to keep Iran away from building nuclear weapons. The day after the withdrawal Trump issued dark threats against Iran should it move in that direction,” Quigley writes. “If our president wants to minimize the chance long-term that Iran will build a nuclear bomb, he might try convincing Israel to make its desert bloom with something less lethal.”

The Downsides of Legalized Sports Gambling

May 15, 2018

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was quoted in The Ringer about potential similarities between the commercial marijuana industry and the sports betting industry. Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, states can begin to legalize sports gambling. 


“The big folks have an incentive to try to police out or regulate out the small-timers. That’s what we’ve seen a lot in the marijuana space, in legalization states like Colorado, where there’s a lot of regulations that the mom and pop industry struggles to live up to, but that the big-time industry players have no problem with and want enforced rigorously so that they’re the only ones who can reasonably comply and compete in the space,” Berman said. “My instinct is that’s what you’re getting to in the sports betting universe—some big operators are going to emerge, whether that’s the leagues themselves or the leagues’ partnerships with major media companies and the like.”




Columbus has sizeable to-do list for expanded, restructured council

May 12, 2018

Featured Expert: Christopher J. Walker

Professor Chris Walker was quoted in The Columbus Dispatch about upcoming changes to Columbus City Council that stem from a new charter amendment. In the past, city council members have faced criticism for being appointed to their seats and for running for re-election as incumbents. 


“You might like the outcomes, but it’s not a process you would think of being representative of the whole city,” Walker said. “It’s really hard to beat an incumbent.”

Ack! Law School Finals. Is There a Better Way?

May 11, 2018

Featured Expert: Ruth Colker

Professor Ruth Colker appeared on Legal Speak, a weekly podcast produced by Law.com, to discuss the “one-and-done” first-year exam model. 

Columbus City Council Will See Some Reforms, But Not For Another Six Years

May 10, 2018

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in WOSU about changes to Columbus City Council that will stem from the passage of Issue 3.


“In a city where one political party is dominant, it makes sense to think about the citizen's commission to take it out of the hands of the politicians,” Foley said. “Because if you leave it in the hands of the politicians, it’s hard to get balance between the two parties.”

Trump’s rude awakening as Giuliani makes matters worse for the president

May 8, 2018

Featured Expert: Joshua Dressler

Professor Joshua Dressler was quoted in The National about former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who joined President Donald Trump’s legal team.


“My own speculation is that he has been for too long a Fox pundit, and as with pundits generally, they don't feel obligated to think about facts rather than simply pushing an agenda,” Dressler said.