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

Supreme Court Cites Doctors’ Medical Marijuana Free Speech Rights In Abortion Case

June 26, 2018

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

A post by Professor Doug Berman on his blog, Sentencing Law & Policy was quoted in Marijuana Moment.  

 

“Given the modern politics of marijuana reform, I was not that worried that the Ninth Circuit’s work in Conant v. Walters would be undermined anytime soon,” Berman said. “But it would not be too hard to imagine Attorney General Jeff Sessions or other state or federal officials resistant to marijuana reform trying to heavily regulate how medical professional can talk to patients about marijuana. This new SCOTUS precedent would seem to limit any such possible efforts.”



Justice Gorsuch Shows Pro-Defendant Bent

June 21, 2018

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

A post by Professor Doug Berman on his blog, Sentencing Law & Policy was quoted in The Crime Report. 

 

“Justice Gorsuch may already be a more ‘gettable’ vote for federal criminal defendants than was the late Justice [Antonin] Scalia, the jurist he replaced … In the years to come, this reality may prove important not only with respect to how the Justice decided key cases, but also with respect to how the Justice decides which cases to decide,” Berman writes. 


Is the right to vote a use-it-or-lose-it proposition?

June 20, 2018

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in the Los Angeles Times about Ohio’s voter purge law. Tokaji served as co-counsel in a lawsuit against the policy, which the Supreme Court upheld in a recent ruling. 

 

“I’m very concerned about what our Supreme Court has done and will do to our democracy, to our ability not only to cast our votes but to cast meaningful votes,” Tokaji said. “We’ve seen a lot of issues pertaining to the dilution or weakening of votes, including the problem of gerrymandering. I hope that the Supreme Court will do something constructive, but I’m very worried about whether they will.”


On election issues, US Supreme Court sticks to the shallows

June 18, 2018

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor about a partisan gerrymandering challenge in North Carolina that could reach the Supreme Court. 

 

“It may ... turn out to be valuable for American democracy as a whole that North Carolina becomes the focal point, because the stakes could not be any clearer than in North Carolina,” Foley said. 


Columbus, police still negotiating contract

June 18, 2018

Featured Expert: Sarah Rudolph Cole

Professor Sarah Cole was quoted in The Columbus Dispatch about a collective bargaining agreement between the city and Columbus police. Since it expired more than six months ago, some issues specified in the contract remain unresolved.

 

“If they can’t resolve it through mediation, then you have hearings and they present evidence and their views on why they should get things,” Cole said.



Robert Mueller won’t save us

June 18, 2018

Featured Expert: Joshua Dressler

Professor Joshua Dressler was quoted in Vox about obstruction of justice. 

 

“It requires proof that the person corruptly or by threat influences, impedes, or endeavors to influence or impede the due administration of justice,” Dressler said. “It doesn’t require proof that justice was obstructed—only that the person endeavored to influence or impede justice.”

 

 


U.S. Supreme Court upholds Ohio voter purging process

June 11, 2018

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Blade about Ohio’s voter purge law, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

 

“I don’t think there’s any real reason to believe that the drop-off is going to be significant,” Mr. Foley said. “The Ohio law that was upheld in this case never disenfranchised anybody.”

 

 


U.S. Supreme Court upholds Ohio voter purging process

June 11, 2018

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in The Blade about Ohio’s voter purge law, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

 

“The majority of the current Supreme Court is no friend to the right to vote,” Tokaji said. 

 

 


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.