Siferd’s Ohio Law Blog

Lima, Ohio Legal Commentary Blog

This blog is the work of Richard E. Siferd and contains his opinions – which are sometimes right and sometimes wrong. It is dedicated to the judges and lawyers who are fair-minded and try to seek justice in an imperfect system.

Blog Posts

When Is a Judge a Judge

I have a hard time believing this one. Judge O’Toole was elected to the 11th District Court of Appeals, then lost an election. So she was no longer a judge. She ran for the seat again. Here are quotes from the opinion of Justice Lanzinger.

The Ferguson Grand Jury

I am writing this before the grand jury decision has been announced. So the grand jury returns a no bill; that is, it refuses to indict the officer who shot Michael Brown.

Time to Reform the Bar Examination

The bar exam in Ohio is stuck in antiquity. The questions are screwy and the grading is subjective. Imagine that you are a bar examiner and you have to grade hundreds of long handwritten answers to an essay question.