Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ohio Supreme Court SORNA Update: June 2010

Update to Nov. 2009 post, and April 2010 update regarding Ohio Supreme Court four consolidated cases (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, Ohio Senate Bill 10):

Call to Action: spoke to the Ohio Supreme Court Clerk of Courts again today to ask when decisions will be released for the four pending challenges which were heard by the Court on Nov. 4, 2009. Decisions are normally published within six months of the oral arguments, but we are now 7 months out and still waiting.

We were told that "no one knows" when these decisions will be released and that "there is no time limit" for releasing the decisions. Further, we were told that it is not known if the rulings have been made yet, or if arguments might be re-heard following the death of the Chief Justice in April 2010.

All readers who have an interest in the outcome of these crucial cases before the Ohio Supreme Court are asked to call the Ohio Supreme Court Clerk of Courts to inquire when these rulings will be made. The hope is that with increasing pressure on the Court to issue their decisions, we may see movement sooner than political elections might allow. It would be quite unfortunate and unethical if they are awaiting the November Elections before they release these rulings.

Call (or write) the Court from any state - not just Ohio - to demonstrate to them that there are tens of thousands of citizens across the nation whose lives and families are adversely affected by their delays. They will not ask where you are calling from. But if hundreds of calls come to the Clerk's office, it is likely that the Justices will hear about it.

Office of the Clerk
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 8th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

Phone: 614.387.9530
E-mail: Office of the Clerk

Refer to: Senate Bill 10 Sex Offender Law challenges
Or you can use case names and numbers:

08-0991/ 08-0992 - Roman Chojnacki v. Ohio Atty. General
08-1624 Darian J. Smith, Alleged Delinquent Child
08-2502 State of Ohio v. Christian N. Bodyke, David A. Schwab [and] Gerald E. Phillips
09-0189 In re: Adrian R., Delinquent Child – Licking County