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Prisoner-Plaintiffs and the Frontiers of Frivolousness: Why Claim Value Should Play No Role in In Forma Pauperis Frivolousness Determinations

Written by Kevin Bennardo, Teaching Fellow and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center; J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Upon a showing of indigence, a federal district court may authorize a prisoner to proceed with a non-frivolous civil action in forma pauperis.  28 U.S.C. § 1915(a), (e) […]

Congratulations to Our New Editor-in-Chief, Hari Sathappan

 Congratulations to our new Editor-in-Chief, Hari Sathappan! Hari is a current second year law student and has been a very active staffer on OSJCL.  He worked at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia after his first year and is deeply interested in criminal law. He is hoping to work […]

The Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act: There’s Still Heavy Lifting To Do Hurdles in Prosecuting Synthetic Drug Cases

Written by Mr. John Parr, Counsel to the United States Attorney, Northern District of West Virginia.  This article is the personal opinion and perception of the author, and is not written as a position of the Department of Justice or any of its United States Attorney Offices or Sections.   Within the past two to […]

The Federal Controlled Substances Analogue Act: An Antiquated Solution Meets an Evolving Problem

Written by Hari Sathappan, second year law student at The Ohio State University: Moritz College of Law 1. Introduction In the past year, our country has been swept by a wave of new “designer drugs.”  That term conjures the image or at least the connotation of expensive, high-end, recreational drugs.  Regardless of the modifiers, the […]

Upcoming Supreme Court Oral Arguments

With the United States Supreme Court back in session, some exciting oral arguments are fast approaching in the coming months.  Below is a summary of the criminal cases that will be argued in the next few months.  Included with the summaries are the briefs and lower opinions. Johnson v. Williams Oral argument date: October 3 […]

Supreme Court Creates Confusion with Recent Confrontation Clause Ruling

Written by Professor Ric Simmons, Professor of Law, The Ohio State University: Moritz College of Law In June, the Supreme Court handed down the much anticipated decision of Williams v. Illinois, 132 S.Ct. 2221 (2012). The decision was meant to clarify how the Crawford doctrine applies to expert testimony.  Unfortunately, Williams was nothing short of a […]

Supreme Court Shifts Policy Concern for Confrontation Clause

Written by Adrienne Chin-Perez, third year law student at The Ohio State University: Moritz College of Law First, I am happy that I took evidence last semester and before Williams v. Illinois, 132 S.Ct. 2221 (2012) was decided.  Hearsay, the Confrontation Clause, and their interaction with expert testimony are confusing enough, but sprinkle in seemingly […]

Professor Michelle Alexander Appears on the Colbert Report

Our own Professor Michelle Alexander goes quip for quip with host Stephen Colbert while still effectively communicating the current mass incarceration epidemic.

Advocacy Before the Courtroom: The Life of an Associate in a White Collar Criminal Defense Practice

Jocelyn Kelly graduated from Moritz in 2008 and currently works in the Trial Practice and Corporate Criminal Investigations groups at Jones Day’s Cleveland office. Her work in these groups focuses on corporate internal investigations and the defense of government investigations.

The Troy Davis Case

The Case On August 19, 1989, while he was working as an off-duty security guard at a Savannah, GA Burger King, Officer Mark MacPhail attempted to break up a fight between a neighborhood thug, Sylvester “Redd” Coles, and a homeless man. As he responded to calls for police assistance, he was shot twice and died on the scene. […]