ORC 121.22

2nd District Court of Appeals eclipses the sunshine laws

There will be no sunshine in Dayton. Apparently, the Second District Court of Appeals still believes that it is the responsibility of those locked out of public meetings to prove that “deliberations took place” in a meeting they weren’t allowed to attend, observe, record. This is the polar opposite of what everything that is explained Read More

The Open Meetings Acts for dummies at Wright State (and elsewhere)

If there are two primary jobs of a university board of trustees, it is to hire and evaluate the President of a University and to keep track of the money. It would seem the WSU board of trustees can’t figure out where the money went and who to blame or praise. Maybe it’s because this Read More

Judges rule, Superintendents lie on the stand. Chaos as usual for DPS

Judge Richard Skelton issued his ruling around 1:30 today. I was on an airplane headed back to Cincinnati from a quick trip to Tampa. I went live on Facebook from  the airport, and then spent the trip back to Dayton talking the case over with friends who know mire than me, and calling the Ohio Read More

Round 2: Esrati vs DPS and Dayton City Commission

Judge Skelton asked for both sides to file a memo arguing if ORC 121.22 trumped Rule 65, even though he made it clear that he believed it did to start the court arguments. And he asked us to use a pen, not a shovel. To me, the pen is the tool that changes history. Shovels Read More

David vs Goliath: round 1, or what do you call four lawyers installing a light bulb?

The Ohio Sunshine Laws are laws that mean well, but are designed with so many gotcha factors that people have to feel really pissed before they jump through the hoops. Like the first one: Get a lawyer. Pay the lawyer. Then filing fee ($330.50), then show up in court. Watch the government agencies who broke Read More