Faculty in the News
Moritz College of Law faculty members are increasingly finding themselves in the spotlight as reporters seek them out for expert comment on today's headlines. The topics cover a wide range, such as the death penalty, artificial insemination, and voting machines. Just as varied are the locations of the publications or news outlets, ranging from small town newspapers to wire services with international distribution.
The following is a list of selected media coverage for Moritz faculty members. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes. Contact Barbara Peck, Chief Communications Officer, for any media requests at (614) 292-0283.
Sharon L. Davies Media Hits
The following is a list of selected media coverage for Sharon L. Davies. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes. (Return to Faculty Bio)
Students React to Charges
Apr. 11, 2012
Professor Sharon Davies was interviewed by Columbus ABC affiliate Channel 6 after charges were filed against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin killing case.
Professor Sharon Davies was quoted in a Birmingham News article about a service remembering the death of Priest James Coyle, who was murdered for marrying a white, protestant woman to a Catholic of Puerto Rican dissent in the 1920s. Davies' book - Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America - and a recent public TV documentary about the killing have brought renewed attention to Coyle's death and the trial that followed.
OSU annouces new Kirwan Institute director
Dec. 16, 2011
Professor Sharon Davies was featured in an article in The Columbus Dispatch. Davies recently was selected as the next director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, replacing Kirwan's founding executive director -- and outgoing Moritz law professor -- john powell.
EWTN interviews author of 'Rising Road'
July 20, 2011
Professor Sharon Davies was interviewed by Fr. Mitch Pacwa of ETWN, the Global Catholic Network, about her book "Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race, and Religion in America."
Professor Sharon Davies wrote an opinion editorial column in the Sunday Cleveland Plain Dealer discussing the long-history of questioning the citizenship of African-Americans in the United States and the link this has to the release of President Obama's birth certificate.
When America feared and reviled Catholics
Oct. 10, 2010
Professor Sharon Davies recently published an Op-Ed in the L.A. Times about religion in America. The story states: “The anti-Catholic fever of the 1920s was not a regional story; it was an American story, extending north, east and west, casting Catholics as second-class citizens for decades. It didn't truly end for another 40 years, when presidential candidate John F. Kennedy felt compelled to say directly that his allegiance was to the United States, not the pope. Today, the worst of the anti-Catholic fervor might simply be an embarrassment, were the consequences less dire and were there not so many signs that we haven't learned from our mistakes.”
Sharon Davies: On the Rise
Sep. 14, 2010
Professor Sharon Davies was featured in a Columbia Law School Magazine article about her book, Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race, and Religion in America. The book is about the true story of an 18-year-old white girl whose father was a Methodist minister in Birmingham, Ala. She secretly converted to Catholicism and married a 42-year-old Puerto Rican man. Outraged at the interracial marriage her father and fatally shot the priest who had conducted the wedding ceremony. Davies said: “The story was so powerful that I thought it had the potential to educate a broader audience about [a part of history] we have largely forgotten.”
Professor Sharon Davies was featured in a Call & Post article promoting her upcoming discussion at the Thurber House Summer Picnic downtown discussing her book “Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race, and Religion in America.” The book is about one of the most notorious criminal cases of the early 20th century. On Aug. 11, 1921, in Birmingham, Ala., a Methodist minister named Edwin Stephenson shot and killed a Catholic priest, James Coyle, in broad daylight because Coyle married Stephenson’s Methodist daughter to a Catholic immigrant. Davies’ discussion will be on the anniversary of Coyle’s death, August 11.
Professor Sharon Davies was quoted in a story by the Religion News Service regarding a 1921 murder that she discussed in her recent book, Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America.The story states: “‘It’s a good thing to remember where he began,’ Davies said. ‘It gives us a greater appreciation for where he ended up. It reflected the movement of the nation.’”
Professor Sharon Davies’ book, Rising Road, was reviewed in the Sunday edition of the Columbus Dispatch. The review states: “Davies' fascinating book is an excellent work of narrative history. Rising Road deserves a wide audience.”
Professor Sharon Davies was quoted in a Brimingham News story about her new book, Rising Road. The story states: “In her book ‘Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America,’ Ohio State University law professor Sharon Davies digs deep into the 1921 slaying of a Catholic priest in Birmingham. The Rev. James E. Coyle, who had been pastor of St. Paul's Cathedral since 1904, was shot to death on the porch of the wood-frame rectory, the priest's house next to the cathedral, on Aug. 11, 1921. ‘There are so many things about this story that are really compelling,’ Davies said. She said she stumbled across the case while doing research for a law journal article. ‘When I found it, I was absolutely captivated by it. This story needed to be told. We can't afford to forget this.’”
Love and Race in the Early 20th Century
Mar. 22, 2010
Professor Sharon Davies’ book Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America received a favorable review from The Cutting Edge. The review states: “Rising Road is a story of another time, but it is very much a story for our own.”
Mar. 22, 2010
Professor Sharon Davies discussed her new book Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America on Ohio State’s “Writer’s Talk” radio show.
AG Holder didn't reveal all legal papers to Senate
Mar. 13, 2010
Professor Sharon Davies was quoted in an Associated Press story about Attorney General Eric Holder not disclosing all the legal papers he had signed or written while in practice before being confirmed. The story states: “Sharon Davies, a law professor at Ohio State University who also signed that brief, said the paper's core argument was that ‘there's no bait-and-switch allowed by police officers. They can't deliberately withhold those warnings.’”
Failure to follow law has consequences
Nov. 9, 2009
Professor Sharon Davies published in Opinion Editorial in the Columbus Dispatch about the Louisiana justice of the peace who refused to marry an interracial couple. The editorial stated: “When resigning, Bardwell told a reporter that he "would probably do the same thing again." Louisiana is well rid of him. But efforts should be made to discover others in positions of authority who countenanced his misdeeds. According to news reports, Bardwell turned away at least four other interracial couples over the past few years. The rule of law demands an accounting.”
Aug. 12, 2008
Professor Sharon Davies was mentioned in a Columbus Dispatch story about a man who was released from prison after 18 years. It was recently determined that he was not the person who committed a child rape in 1990. “In Ohio, there's generally a 20-year deadline on charging somebody with rape, which means the real attacker likely still could be prosecuted, said Sharon L. Davies, an Ohio State University law professor.”
Child advocates’ testimony on trial
Oct. 10, 2006
Professor Sharon Davies is quoted in this Columbus Dispatch story on social workers speaking for kids. Davis said the exception for medical purposes "already implicitly assumes that those talking to their doctors are competent. The person seeking treatment or a diagnosis knows what happened ... and is probably the most competent person to be making those kinds of statements to a medical professional." Further, she said the exception fits a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows such testimony if the victim does not know the statement would likely be used in court. "It’s hard to believe a child could make that connection," she said, "especially the very young."
Aug. 19, 2006
Professor Sharon Davies was quoted in this Associated Press story that appeared in the London Free Press on the confession of John Mark Karr in the JonBenet Ramsey murder. "He seemed convinced that what he said would make him guilty of a lesser crime," said Davies. This quote also appeared in "More questions arise in JonBenet case" (WIStv.com - Columbia, S.C.) and "Questions arise from suspect’s claims in JonBenet Ramsey case" (The Tribune - Greeley, Colo.).
In this Associated Press story from The Albuquerque Tribune on the confession of John Mark Karr in the JonBenet Ramsey murder, professor Sharon Davies is noted as saying that the assertion may be an attempt to avoid charges of first-degree murder. Her comments also appeared in "Did he really kill JonBenet?" (Detroit Free Press).
A '600-pound gorilla' looms large - DNA
Aug. 18, 2006
In a Rocky Mountain News story on the concern that John Mark Karr's confession in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey is false, professor Sharon Davies says that most people confess to crimes because they committed the crimes. "Nothing gets as high profile as JonBenet," Davies said. "In these cases, one can get information about the crime from watching the news."
Suspect's answers raise questions about credibility
Aug. 18, 2006
Professor Sharon Davies' comments are noted in this USA Today story on the confession of John Karr in the JonBenet Ramsey murder. Davies said the timing of Karr's statements don't seem to fit the classic model of a liar — a suspect who gives false information shortly after the crime, usually after intense questioning over an extended period.
In this AP story printed in the Akron Beacon Journal, Professor Sharon Davies is quoted about legitimate concerns that have risen from prosecutors' request that lawmakers keep their hands off an investigation into Ohio's government scandal. Davies said "a task force of county and federal prosecutors want top lawmakers to avoid hearings on the scandal out of fear such hearings could provide immunity from criminal prosecution." Legislative hearings are "a very effective tool for legislators," said Davies. "It just is one that happens to create problems for prosecutors."
In a Pittsburgh Post Gazette story about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police can turn a drug-sniffing dog loose on a car whose drive was stopped for speeding without violating the constitutional ban on unreasonable search and seizure, Associate Dean Sharon Davies said that it did not answer the question of whether it was constitutional to have canine units sniff parked cars.